Katharina Kainz-Traxler, corporAID

Issue 86 - spring 2020

Katharina Kainz-Traxler, corporAID

With the spread of COVID-19, we people in many parts of the world are now having quite similar experiences: we are learning what it takes for “social distancing”, how long it takes to wash your hands correctly and that some professions are significantly more “systemically relevant” than your own. We hear from our governments that the shelves in the markets will continue to be well filled, but hamster from London to Cape Town toilet paper, canned ravioli and soaps - even if country-specific extra stocks of firearms in the USA, "Kolonya" scented water in Turkey or marijuana in Holland. And: We clearly experience that some relationships are only good for periods of good weather. Suddenly we don't get paid medical devices because countries impose export restrictions. So that's what the loser side feels like in global trade. Maybe after the crisis we will develop new and responsible behavior - or just throw away the last can of ravioli and continue as before.

Photo: Mihai M. Mitrea