Nirvana França

Just over two years ago we faced an alarming revelation: a new disease had emerged, characterized by its high transmission rate and lethal potential. At that time, we had neither knowledge of treatment nor a vaccine. Our sole defenses were lockdowns, quarantines, masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing. Every day, news outlets would broadcast the mounting death toll worldwide. Fear permeated our lives as we confronted the chilling prospect of losing ourselves or our loved ones. This was the stark reality during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the advent of vaccines and treatments, life began to regain some semblance of normalcy. But this relief was short-lived. Humanity found itself threatened by a disease we had once eradicated through vaccination: monkeypox. This variant of smallpox breached the boundaries of the African continent and spread to Europe, and subsequently, the rest of the world. Were we on the brink of another pandemic? Would we again have to isolate, enduring more loss? Once again, this ominous shadow loomed over society.

Fortunately, the lethality of monkeypox is relatively low, and as a known virus, vaccines were quickly approved, and production resumed. This development offered us a glimmer of hope. But how do we grapple with this underlying fear? The environmental degradation wrought by humanity gives rise to diseases and their mutations. This shadow, much like a roaming cloud in the sky, alternates between casting darkness and allowing moments of clarity.

Published: Dec 28, 2023

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