Will politicians be able to control the Coronavirus?

The question implicit in the title of this publication is related to the recent declarations made by Boris Johnson as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who at a press conference in Downing Street stated that he encouraged the creation of an anti-virus working group, with the aim of promoting the development of new antiviral drugs.

Boris Johnson statements come after the scientific community of the United Kingdom exposed their hypothesis where they revealed that there will be another wave of Covid-19 in the following months of this year, and that the effects will be of greater impact than those seen so far.

Fig. 2 UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that he encouraged the creation of an anti-virus working group. Image of public domain, Author: The Digital Artist, 2019

Although the decision to create an anti-virus task force can be interpreted as an action aimed at counteracting the constant increase in contagions and deaths, it is no less true that these statements may be related to a clear political action aimed at calming the discontent of British nationals, who perceive that the government has no real intention of counteracting the coronavirus pandemic.

This polemic situation that the British citizens are going through, made me remember some lines from the book: Patas Arriba - The School of the Upside Down World, written by Eduardo Galeano, renowned Uruguayan journalist and writer, who in his profound philosophical interpretation of the social and human chaos we live in, alerts us that things cannot go on working the other way around.

Fig. 3 Eduardo Galeano, in his book Patas Arriba, warns us that things cannot continue to work the other way around. Image of public domain, Author: Geralt, 2015

I relate Galeano's book with Boris Johnson's statements, precisely because everything related to Covid-19 has been working the other way around, since it has been the politicians who have taken the baton without considering the arguments of the scientific community.

Therefore, from my humble point of view as a professional in the experimental sciences, I believe that as long as politicians do not listen to the scientific community, the efforts to counteract the coronavirus will be in vain, and everything will remain merely political declarations.


[1] The Conversation A Developing antiviral drugs is not easy – here’s why. 2021. Article: Online access

[2] Galeano E Patas arriba. La escuela del mundo al revés. 1998. Article: Online access


Comments 4

Greetings friend@lupafilotaxia, undoubtedly all the inhabitants of the planet must be united, to solve together this problem of Covid, as it affects us all equally. However, there are governments and politicians in particular who only want to be protagonists by putting monetary interests first. Science has made very important efforts but they have been at times diminished by the lack of direct participation of these governments and politicians.
Thank you very much for your publication.

06.05.2021 14:01

Hello friend @dgalan

That situation where some people act as protagonists putting political and monetary interests first, is the main reason why to date the virus has not been able to be counteracted. Let's hope for the good of humanity that this is reversed soon.

Best regards, be well.

07.05.2021 03:23

This is a very delicate issue, I really don't know what to think of the government and its desire to stop this pandemic. Some may be willing to accelerate all economic sectors. Others are taking advantage of them for a purpose that I am not sure what it is. Excellent post my friend.

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07.05.2021 07:25

It's not just in the hands of polititian we als need to help in controlling this covid. If we all come together this covid will from this world. But we need to come together and do the needful.

08.05.2021 08:10