Lessons Learned from an Intervention by Médecins Sans
Maria Ximena Di Lollo, Elena Estrada Cocina, Francisco De Bartolome Gisbert, Raquel González Juarez, and Ana Garcia Mingo
The disease caused by a hitherto unknown coronavirus, and denoted coronavirus disease
2019 (COVID-19) was designated a pandemic on 11 March 2020 ( World Health Organization, 2020a ). The first case of
COVID-19 was detected in Spain on 31 January 2020, and as of August 2021 there have
been more than 4,500,000 cases and over 80,000 COVID-19 deaths in the country.
Given the novelty of the virus, there was a lack of basic information about the
But where some saw abstraction others saw the truth.
Albert Camus, The Plague
In the concluding chapter of this book, some considerations will be given to what social, political, and economic changes need to be made, domestically and globally, after this pandemic crisis is over. The rhetoric of war, often used to describe our struggle with COVID-19, suggests that we must start thinking in terms of jus post bellum : if life resumes as if this COVID-19 episode was only a temporary glitch, and everything post COVID-19 goes back to being essentially
misfortunes. An injustice, on the other hand, is caused by fellow humans, not nature. An injustice, unlike a misfortune, is intentional, controllable, and therefore not blameless. Poverty is an injustice, not a misfortune. The impact of COVID-19 has a lot more to do with injustice than misfortune.
At an intuitive level this distinction between an injustice and a misfortune makes sense, and yet actually distinguishing between the two can be profoundly problematic. 1 In her still relevant book The Faces of Injustice , first published thirty years ago, Judith Shklar
distancing, they may now be inclined not to trust them on the face mask issue. Other COVID-19 issues where experts disagree include the best time to enforce measures to restrict movement, whether there is significant COVID-19 airborne transmission, or how to flatten the curve of infections rather than merely delaying the peak.
When experts disagree, politicians take centre stage, for better or worse. In Ireland in early October 2020 the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) recommended that the whole country move to Level 5, the highest alert level in the
There always comes a time in history when the person who dares to say that 2 + 2 = 4 is punished by death
Albert Camus, The Plague
In crises, we rely desperately on the truth, and there is no room for ‘post-truth’. Or at least, there shouldn’t be. But that’s not what we have seen with the COVID-19 pandemic. In the previous chapter we saw how populism tends to have a relaxed relationship with truth. In this chapter, the focus will switch to the phenomenon of fake news and post-truth, and how COVID-19 is not immune from this aspect of the global
The evil that is in the world always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack understanding.
Albert Camus, The Plague .
Before we had COVID-19 we had populism. Until recently the popularity of Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage in the UK, Matteo Salvini in Italy, and Marine Le Pen in France was unequivocal, but almost insignificant compared to that of Jarosław Kaczyński in Poland and Viktor Orbán in Hungary. And that’s only in Europe. Modern-day populism is founded on a specific but crude and somewhat
Difficulties and challenges for the forensic medical system in
Isabel Beltrán-Gil, María Alexandra Lopez-Cerquera, Linda Guadalupe Reyes Muñoz, Sandra Ivette Sedano Rios, Nuvia Montserrat Maestro Martínez, and Diana Newberry Franco
As a result of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic, in 2020 forensic institutions
in Mexico began using extreme measures in the treatment of bodies of confirmed
or suspected cases, due to possible infection. A series of national protocols on
how to deal with the virus were announced, yet forensic personnel have struggled
to apply these, demonstrating the country’s forensics crisis. This
article aims to reflect on two points: (1) the impact that COVID-19 protocols
have had on how bodies confirmed as or suspected of being infected with the
virus are handled in the forensic medical system; and (2) the particular
treatment in cases where the body of the victim is unidentified, and the
different effects the pandemic has had in terms of the relationship between the
institutional environment and the family members of those who have died as a
result of infection, or suspected infection, from COVID-19.
This chapter investigates
teletherapies, aiming to produce novel insights into how human
well-being is co-constituted with technological
infrastructures. 1 Drawing upon a study on the diverse practices
of remote therapy and counselling in the context of the COVID-19
pandemic, it explores the ways in which Finnish psychotherapists and
COVID-19 has reinstated the sovereign enclosures of corpse management that mothers of the disappeared had so successfully challenged in the past decade. To explore how moral duties toward the dead are being renegotiated due to COVID-19, this article puts forward the notion of biorecuperation, understood as an individualised form of forensic care for the dead made possible by the recovery of biological material. Public health imperatives that forbid direct contact with corpses due to the pandemic, interrupt the logics of biorecuperation. Our analysis is based on ten years of experience working with families of the disappeared in Mexico, ethnographic research within Mexico’s forensic science system and online interviews conducted with medics and forensic scientists working at the forefront of Mexico City’s pandemic. In the face of increasing risks of viral contagion and death, this article analyses old and new techniques designed to bypass the prohibitions imposed by the state and its monopoly over corpse management and identification.
cultural capital (→ O is for one percent ). In this book, I sketch out a critique of the political economy of contemporary art from the wormhole perspective of the artistic → projectariat , considering COVID-19 as a catalyst that only revealed the prevailing fragility of their cherished autonomy and – supposedly – unbridled mobility. Pandemic or not, independence always stems from → interdependence and relies heavily on accessing infrastructures and technologies that sustain the seamless flow of projects. These infrastructures and technologies are maintained by the