Morinosuke Kawaguchi, a leading Japanese futurologist and consultant to the Japanese government, has predicted new pandemics for the world. Their causes will remain the same: the poor general state of health of people and their unwillingness to change their way of life.
According to the specialist, at critical moments, people are frightened and expect the worst of the situation. “But like other problems, this one too will pass. Then everything will go back to normal, as if it never happened,” he predicted.
That said, the “uncomfortable truth” about poor health care in many countries and the spread of diabetes and obesity among the world’s population will remain. “And obviously this is a significant issue, having to do with coronavirus mortality. It’s just that no one is talking about it. People are talking about vaccinations, health prevention, all sorts of medical issues or government support for the economy,” Kawaguchi stressed.
Even so, people don’t want to change their lifestyles and don’t take the problem seriously. In addition, politicians and medical companies are seeking to profit from the current situation. In this regard, the futurologist predicted that the coronavirus will not be the last deadly infection to spread across the planet. The situation may repeat itself, but viruses have contributed to human evolution, he concluded.
Earlier, the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus, said that the events of the past year and the coronavirus pandemic had taught the world many important lessons that must be learned by 2021. Governments, for example, need to invest more in health care. To begin with, all citizens must have access to vaccines for the coronavirus. In addition, politicians must make sure that health systems are fully prepared for the next pandemic, which is inevitable.
As of Jan. 2, there were more than 83.9 million people infected with the coronavirus worldwide, of whom more than 1.82 million have died and another 47.2 million have recovered. The U.S., India, Brazil, Russia and France have the most infections.