In times of crisis, each of us tends to react in different ways. Some would take calculated and measured decisions and actions, while others would over-react and jump to conclusions before even thinking things through, and some on the other hand, would get into simple modes of denial or panic. Ultimately it stems down to our nature and physiological reaction as human beings and what we know as ‘Fight-or-Flight Response’ - we have seen a lot of it lately, with many reacting to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic around the globe in different ways. As of now, all I can say is that humanity is being tested, and some of us seem to be passing while others will unfortunately fail miserably.
This pandemic is unlike anything humanity has ever experienced before. Some of the main factors that make it a difficult one with larger consequences is the fact that nowadays everything in this world is more connected, people are more dependent on one another, and economic markets are also seamlessly connected to each other. On the other hand, we have more advanced technologies, better healthcare, more knowledge, and the ability to instantaneously communicate globally. That said, the strongest link we have is also our weakest, and that is us.
A wonderful example of strength in people can be seen in the reaction of the UAE government, the dedication of the Emergency Response teams of each emirate, the reaction of many government and private entities towards their staff and tenants, and even the co-operation from the general public towards government regulations and guidelines. Almost immediately, an economic stimulus package was implemented, businesses came out with their own initiatives to show solidarity with the government, the society, and their business partners as well; and majority of the market put the well-being of people ahead of personal economic benefit. Priority was given to Human Life and Safety over anything else, with no expenses being spared to ensure that we get through these times and emerge stronger than ever before.