COVID-19 has highlighted the deep structural weaknesses of the Syrian economy and destroyed what was left from its capacity to resist to new pressures.
The epidemic was an opportunity for the Algerian authorities to isolate everything they deemed to be “germs," the proliferation of that which poses a threat to the repressive system.
Research has confirmed that coronavirus can spread through wastewater, which is a very dangerous indicator. The battle against the epidemic is more fragile in Iraq than elsewhere, since the country lacks the minimum required public health standards, such as clean, safe water.
The patriarchal policies across MENA came into full play during COVID-19 as women’s vulnerability and burden increased exponentially against a system that was, even before the pandemic, broken and unable to protect women.
Conditions created by the coronavirus form the perfect environment for radical movements. Not only did the Islamic State organization hurry to issue medical, ideological, and communicative instructions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but it also began to intensify its attacks from the organization's center in Iraq.