A man wearing a face mask looks at the US-Mexico border from a bridge in the district of San Ysidro in San Diego, California, on April 22. Rich countries can close their borders, but if the pandemic rages on in the poor, overpopulated countries, the virus will continue to circulate. Photo: EPA-EFE A man wearing a face mask looks at the US-Mexico border from a bridge in the district of San Ysidro in San Diego, California, on April 22. Rich countries can close their borders, but if the pandemic rages on in the poor, overpopulated countries, the virus will continue to circulate. Photo: EPA-EFE
A man wearing a face mask looks at the US-Mexico border from a bridge in the district of San Ysidro in San Diego, California, on April 22. Rich countries can close their borders, but if the pandemic rages on in the poor, overpopulated countries, the virus will continue to circulate. Photo: EPA-EFE
Andrew Sheng
Opinion

Opinion

Andrew Sheng

The coronavirus pandemic ends the illusion of every man for himself

  • The global pandemic shows us the interconnected reality of our existence, where problems easily cross borders and morph
  • The virus cannot be contained through force alone, but depends on us working together to respond and adapt to changing conditions

A man wearing a face mask looks at the US-Mexico border from a bridge in the district of San Ysidro in San Diego, California, on April 22. Rich countries can close their borders, but if the pandemic rages on in the poor, overpopulated countries, the virus will continue to circulate. Photo: EPA-EFE A man wearing a face mask looks at the US-Mexico border from a bridge in the district of San Ysidro in San Diego, California, on April 22. Rich countries can close their borders, but if the pandemic rages on in the poor, overpopulated countries, the virus will continue to circulate. Photo: EPA-EFE
A man wearing a face mask looks at the US-Mexico border from a bridge in the district of San Ysidro in San Diego, California, on April 22. Rich countries can close their borders, but if the pandemic rages on in the poor, overpopulated countries, the virus will continue to circulate. Photo: EPA-EFE
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