Most world conflicts don’t really involve the entire world. Even World War I and World War II were fought by only a handful of countries, albeit with spill-over into other countries that were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. (Tough to move your country, though, without causing another war.) Wars usually end in surrender, when one country kills enough of the other’s soldiers to make victory impossible for the losing nation.
Biological warfare, whether released by one country against others, or simply escaped from the confines of certain laboratories, doesn’t work that way. The infectious creations go wherever they will, spreading from person to person in a variety of ways. There is no such thing as a noncombatant nation to biologicals, as we now know.
One thing is pervasive, however, and that is hopelessness. In fact we might think of hopelessness as similar to the radioactive fallout from a nuclear blast. Where nuclear fallout would be limited in its travels by winds and perhaps mountainous geography, hopelessness faces no such limits: It can and does spread from person-to-person and can cover the entire world in our day and age.
Most of us view the current pandemic from the perspective of our own nation. This is because the pandemic is greatly influenced by government efforts and edicts. Friends or relatives living in other nations are the closest we get to glimpsing an international perspective.
But is there a worldwide view of the pandemic,