The Covid-19 pandemic is forcing a critical examination of how communities and countries prepare for multiple, overlapping crises. Here are a few lessons the Japanese Red Cross Society learned after the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant meltdown ten years ago this month.
It’s 7:30 p.m. in Barcelona’s Plaça Reial, and teenagers and young adults are drinking beer and listening to live salsa music. The music electrifies the twilight.
The dangers of COVID-19 are in the air as well. Coronavirus cases in the country spiked during the summer months, but while many in the crowd are wearing masks, which are required by law, there are perhaps a dozen or so people who are not.
For Fiamma Sass, 27, and Lisbeth Encarnacion, 18, it is perfect territory to alert the unbelievers to the dangers of the potentially deadly disease. The two information workers are part of a project developed by the Spanish Red Cross to educate young people from 16 to 23 about the dangers of the virus and what measures they need to take in order to stay safe.