We’re approximately halfway into 2020. Things are already bad with everything that’s been going on, but could it get any worse?
Well, according to Murphy’s law: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong“. So fasten your seat-belts because this is just the beginning!
If you think there’s no way 2020 could get worse, you may change your mind after reading this article.
Just to give you a heads up, this isn’t about dinosaurs appearing out of nowhere or aliens invading earth. These are 7 REAL scenarios that can indeed happen. If you want to be prepared for the worse, exploring these scenarios is a good start.
1. Food shortages
The pandemic is causing disruptions to the food chain, resulting in shortages of some products. When we add to that the fact that some people are panic-buying, the problem gets worse.
Another possible scenario is that food may remain available but the prices would significantly increase for various reasons. With a worsening economy and higher unemployment rates, this could mean more people will be unable to afford their food.
Wars always come with huge fatalities. They result in people dying, mass destruction, bad effects on the economy, etc.
With every new day, we are seeing more tension rising between nations. At this rate, there’s a risk of a third world war happening.
This time, the war wouldn’t be an easy one. Even Einstein said: “I know not with what weapons WW3 will be fought, WW4 will be fought with sticks and stones“.
If nuclear weapons are used, all of humanity will suffer. To be on the safe side, we advise you to learn how to act in case you where close to were a nuclear bomb is thrown.
3. A coronal mass ejection
Coronal mass ejections are large expulsions of plasma and magnetic fields from the Sun’s corona. If one of them hits Earth, it could take out our electrical grid, Internet, and almost all electronic devices.
This had already happened in 1859, and was called the Carrington Event. It destroyed all telegraph lines back then. In 2012 a similar sized flare missed the earth by 9 days.
If such an event happens today, it would turn our lives into a nightmare since we’re more dependent on electronics than ever before. When we have no Internet for a single day we feel as if it was an eternity. So how would a couple weeks with no electricity or Internet feel?
(On a side note, why do all bad things start with corona?!)
4. No vaccine for COVID-19
We’re all sick of this lockdown and eager to go back to our normal lives. Are you missing your friends and the parties? Well, we all are…
However, imagine waking up one day to the news that there will be no vaccine any soon and we’ll have to develop a plan B to survive with the virus. As a matter of fact, the WHO has already warned that this is a possible scenario.
There is, almost certainly, going to be a vaccine for COVID-19. The real question is how long it would take for it to be developed. Maybe we’d have to live in a state of constantly opening and closing for a couple of years before having an effective proven solution.
5. Another economic crisis
2020 could get worse in so many ways, and we’re already in the beginning of one of them. Many countries are facing a big economic crisis due to the effects of the lockdown and some other factors.
For example, Lebanon is currently experiencing a massive economic crisis with the currency losing around 60% of its value in the span of a couple of months. When the people can’t work due to lockdown and see their savings lose their value, the situation becomes much worse.
6. Natural disasters
Hurricanes, bushfires, volcano eruptions, earthquakes… Any natural disaster that comes to your mind can be 10 times worse in the times of COVID-19.
When people have to evacuate due to these disasters or sleep in mass emergency shelters, keeping social distance becomes super hard (if not impossible). This creates the perfect environment for the virus to spread and cause even more damage.
Let’s hope nature shows us some mercy these days, at least until we find a solution to the pandemic.
7. Losing your loved ones
This is probably the most hurtful way 2020 could get worse for YOU. As humans, our relationships with others are what keep us from going insane. We are social animals by nature. That’s why losing someone you love and care about can cause you a lot of pain.
Many people have lost their parents, friends and relatives because of COVID-19. And no matter how it happens, losing someone you love takes away a piece of you and adds a heavy burden to your heart.
That’s why you should embrace the people you love while they’re still around. Don’t take anyone for granted, and be there for them in these hard times.
Even if 2020 could get worse, you should stay strong and fight
Obviously, things can get worse all the time, but keeping hope is what gets us through it. Every hardship has to come to an end, and eventually things will have to get better.
No matter what happens around you, you need to keep moving forward. Pain and suffering is inevitable, but once we understand it we can use it to our advantage.
Humanity has been through tougher times and humans were able to get through them. This time is no different. Take care of yourselves, be kind to each other and most importantly keep fighting no matter the odds.
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