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Science  15 May 2020:
Vol. 368, Issue 6492, pp. 700-703
DOI: 10.1126/science.368.6492.700

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  • RE: From the Covid-19 to Sterile Humanity: An Absurd Drama
    • Ferhat Arslan, Infectious Diseases specialist ( Assoc. Prof.), Istanbul Medeniyet University, Faculty of Medicine, Goztepe Training and Research Hospital
    • Other Contributors:
      • Mustafa Bal, Head of Department: Assist. Prof. Dr., Department of English Language and Literature, Faculty of Science and Letters, TOBB University of Economics and Technology

    In this piece, we aim to put a spotlight on the strong correlation between the Covid-19 pandemic, a humanitarian crisis (refugees on the European borders) and dramatic expressions (three plays of the absurd drama) that once highlighted and addressed the issues of similar conditions of humanity. In more details, we aim to address the issue that world- wide spread pandemics, whose effects on human beings we wish to diminish by improving our epidemiological, biological, and clinical knowledge, have various reflections other than their presence in the ecological sphere, alongside with a critique of humanity in absurd dramatic terms as observed in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Edward Albee’s The Zoo Story. Finally, we call for a joint solution of these problems of humanity arms-in-arms, as the peoples of the whole world.

    Key words: Covid-19, new corona virus, pandemic, absurd drama

    The Covid-19 pandemic that started in December 2019 in the Wuhan region of China and its following day-to-day developments all around the world has become the most significant issue for the world health authorities (1). The decisions that governments have been taking in accordance with their local scientific committees/institutions, due to the impacts and effects of these situations on the world trade and political conjectures, are opening up ways to long-term and controversial discussions. The dynamic and successful precautions that Chinese national he...

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    Competing Interests: None declared.

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