Félix López

Félix López

Wendy Sierra Álvarez, 24. Laboratory worker at the Pedro Kouré Institute of Tropical Medicine. She studies the samples to determine coronavirus infection. Photo: Taken from her Facebook account.

Coronavirus: As in the Titanic, a band keeps on playing

The good sense of man had not been tested, at least globally, since World War II. The coronavirus came to stir up everything in an irreversible way. Risk perception changed. We are not infallible and it is up to all of us, no matter who you are, where you live or what you have. The way of socializing also changed. Confinement causes in us different behaviors and unusual ways of relating to the outside world. It changed the way of consuming news. We are now understanding that the media reports and misinforms equally and that social networks are a chaos to which we also owe a vaccine. The concept of heroes changed. Fortunately, our children applaud the doctors more than their rich soccer stars. The formula for social analysis changed. We confirm that human stupidity is incalculable and that we must distance ourselves from globally sick persons like Donald Trump. The perspective on ancestral beliefs changed. Religion definitely does not cure diseases, the economy is sustained by workers and not by the companies that exploit them, and united societies are stronger than armies. Quarantine must be used to think about all these changes that occur in our minds, even though...

Photo: Yander Zamora / EFE.

In Cuba we don’t have a shield to stave off coronavirus

I’m not a biologist. I’m not an epidemiologist. Neither am I a hysteric or a media terrorist. I’m a Cuban citizen and journalist, proud that Cuba served as a bridge to the lives of the passengers and crew members of the British cruise ship MS Braemar, which was adrift with the coronavirus. I’ve been fortunate to know from within the Cuban health system, which has its highest value in humanism, one of the world’s most prized vaccines. I’ve followed Cuban doctors in eight countries and wrote a book about their exploits with gratitude. That said, and distancing myself from anyone who longs for a disaster for my country, I want to tell you something that I am experiencing in real time. In Spain, the first COVID-19 positive patient was detected on January 31. Today that number rises to 17,000 infected and almost 800 dead. Italy had already shown us with dreadful statistics the rapid spread of the virus, first confining ten cities, but in a few days the entire north of the country was already affected by the epidemic. Today the images of Italy are disconcerting, there are military convoys carrying coffins in Bergamo and serious complaints about the death...