It’s hard to pretend that the world was ready for COVID-19. Some of the brightest minds that the world has ever seen warned us against an impending epidemic that could potentially happen that would have a devastating effect on the world.
In fact, 2015 saw Bill Gates do a TedTalk where he told his audience that the world wasn’t ready. “If anything kills over 10 million people in the next few decades, it’s most likely to be a highly infectious virus,” he said. Here we are, halfway through the year, a few months after a world epidemic, and the numbers site at 350,000 deaths and counting.
Part of this is due to the unsafe, and unregulated way in which people go about their lives. Having the forethought to have enough surgical masks for something that is a possibility is perhaps taking it a bit far, but as for preventative measures, taking temperatures is something that we already have the technology for, and could be implementing something similar worldwide.