On December 31, 2019, Wuhan City health officials reported a strange collection of 27 pneumonia cases, the origin of which was unknown, but with an initial source connected to the infamous but currently closed Wuhan Wet Market. This was later established to be a novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) or COVID-19. The novel COVID-19 pandemic completely caught the world off guard, wholly unprepared and seemingly helpless in the face of the unprecedented socioeconomic fallout.

The pandemic has created a new normal that is leading to an unthinkable paradigm shift that is affecting everything, including how people live, work, and shop. Across the globe, governments have spent approximately $12Tn to combat the socioeconomic side-effects ...

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