Nature of COVID -19 and Social Challenges affecting Human and Organizational Behaviours

COVID-19 is a global, human, economic, social, psychological and health crisis affecting international organizational behaviours. The novel coronavirus pneumonia (NCP), or COVID-19 disease is an epidemic that is subduing race, religion, culture, country, color, language, science, art, economy, inequality, gender,  geopolitical interrelationship, work ethics and wealth; while venerating social anomia and telecommuting around the world.

Indeed, coronavirus is old, but the pathological war of COVID-19 on humanity is novel and remains the most fatalistic threat to human health condition. COVID-19 disease marches through the human body like a soldier marching through the offensive territory of the warring enemy, destroying the human lungs, devastating the heart and blood vessels; kidneys, gut and brain. As it marches through the  destructive path, it causes illnesses that range from common cold and severe fever to much more severe pathologies such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Regrettably, COVID-19 would have been mitigated by climatic components’ purification cycles and natural recycling of environmental purification mechanism, but for the tragedy of commons. One implication is that nature abhors dysfunctional relationship dialectics. Organizationally, the excruciating pang of COVID-19 disease destabilizes economic, academic and organizational development. The social challenge of COVID-19 to human beings is undeniably huge. The impact of restriction on mobility has negative influences on freedom of movement.

In traditional indigenous society, the implementation of social distancing destabilizes freedom of voluntary association; inhibits freedom of congregational worship of religion; mitigates freedom of trade and hinders engagement in commercial activities. It also increases job losses and chronic unemployment rate. The impact of COVID-19 on international organizational behaviour has undeniably left an architectural trail of social, economic, psychological and political trauma.

The COVID-19  has  astronomically exacerbated stock market  volatility, induced high rate of corporate bankruptcy and  corporate failures; sustained global economic recession, sustained strangulation of small and medium size business (SMSB)  enterprises in Africa; it crippled  industrial production that engendered  economic shock in the business world. Socially, COVID-19 is most endemic to social groups in the most vulnerable situation around each continent of the world.

The social groups include, but are not limited to; people living in abject poverty condition who cannot put a square meal on their table; aged people, or older persons in need of gerontology care; special persons, or gifted persons, or persons with disability who need special care as a result of their disability condition; At-risk young people, or youth who are disproportionately excluded from earned income, or lifesaving economic system; indigenous people in savage communities pivoting rural economy who have been experiencing developmental allergies; the  homeless people, refugees, and  internally displaced persons who lack the basic biological need for cloth, shelter, without access to clean and healthy running water as a function of war, conflict, forced migration, natural disaster like flood and earthquakes to mention but a few. Psychologically, these extant social groups stand to suffer disproportionately from COVID-19 and it’s after effects.

Even United Nations (2020) recognized that the health, economic, social and psychological impact of COVID-19 is being borne disproportionately by the poor and abject poor people around the globe. Consequently, Social distancing as COVID-19 intervention strategy have brought in its trail increased social isolation of