Bali Will Survive COVID-19
COVID-19 continues to find new hosts in Bali and the rest of the World– locals, expats, and visitors are remaining confident that with time, persistence, and the human heart, they will take back control of the island again. Here are some of the major pandemics that we have survived throughout history:
|Name||Time period||Type / Pre-human host||Death toll|
|Antonine Plague||165-180||Believed to be either smallpox or measles||5M|
|Japanese smallpox epidemic||735-737||Variola major virus||1M|
|Plague of Justinian||541-542||Yersinia pestis bacteria / Rats, fleas||30-50M|
|Black Death||1347-1351||Yersinia pestis bacteria / Rats, fleas||200M|
|New World Smallpox Outbreak||1520 – onwards||Variola major virus||56M|
|Great Plague of London||1665||Yersinia pestis bacteria / Rats, fleas||100,000|
|Italian plague||1629-1631||Yersinia pestis bacteria / Rats, fleas||1M|
|Cholera Pandemics 1-6||1817-1923||V. cholerae bacteria||1M+|
|Third Plague||1885||Yersinia pestis bacteria / Rats, fleas||12M (China and India)|
|Yellow Fever||Late 1800s||Virus / Mosquitoes||100,000-150,000 (U.S.)|
|Russian Flu||1889-1890||Believed to be H2N2 (avian origin)||1M|
|Spanish Flu||1918-1919||H1N1 virus / Pigs||40-50M|
|Asian Flu||1957-1958||H2N2 virus||1.1M|
|Hong Kong Flu||1968-1970||H3N2 virus||1M|
|HIV/AIDS||1981-present||Virus / Chimpanzees||25-35M|
|Swine Flu||2009-2010||H1N1 virus / Pigs||200,000|
|SARS||2002-2003||Coronavirus / Bats, Civets||770|
|Ebola||2014-2016||Ebolavirus / Wild animals||11,000|
|MERS||2015-Present||Coronavirus / Bats, camels||850|
|COVID-19||2019-Present||Coronavirus – Unknown (possibly pangolins)||207,023 (April 27th 3:41pm)|
The Score Bali (1) COVID-19 (4)
So far this Virus is winning, taking the lives of hundreds and thousands of locals and visitors. COVID-19 continues to destroy businesses, jobs, livelihoods, families, religious gatherings, economies, freedoms, and instilling fear within all of us. While some will agree that our planet needs a vacation, millions of others will disagree while trying to put food on their table.
Bali Is Making Adjustments During COVID-19
And while I am sure many people are grateful for the stimulus money they are receiving, it’s just not enough. People in Bali are struggling to provide basic living needs like rent, electricity, gas, water, and nutrition. But Bali is not giving up without a fight against COVID-19, communities, families, churches, temples and many individuals have resorted to either creating their own business from home or adjusting their existing business by utilizing the courageous Go-Jek (food/ general delivery service).
Helping Others During COVID-19
Help a friend, neighbor, or local business by ordering one of their delicious sweets, snacks, homemade meals, fresh vegetables and fruit from a local farm, or the catch of the day from a local fishing village. If it’s a service you’re after why not try out a homemade mask made out of linens, handmade disinfectants, soaps, a pick-up and delivery laundry service, and even barbers who are willing to give you a cut and shave right in the safety of your home.
Say, “Thank you”
Be thankful to the people that risk their lives, make your life easier, or put a smile on your face.
- Doctors & Nurses
- Your Garbageman
- Delivery Services like Go-Jek
- businesses that practice good hygiene
So it seems as though people are adjusting to survive as we have before, after all, it’s only human nature.
Pandemics can temporarily close down beaches, businesses, borders, and pretty much all of Bali but, in the end….. humans will win. We always have.
And, although it may seem like this pandemic isn’t ending anytime soon. Pat yourself on the back, say thank you to the Go-Jek, to the businesses and services that help you feel half alive by remaining open. Most importantly, give everyone you’re quarantined with a big hug, this has been emotional times for a lot of us. Don’t forget to celebrate life even during the storm, for there is always beauty to be seen.
It’s not the end of the world, this too shall pass Bali!