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As well-worn paths of daily life disappear, it can feel like a familiar world is crumbling around us. Everything is in flux and nothing is certain.

Yet the coronavirus reveals fundamental truths about the human condition that can help us find our feet and point us towards a fairer future.

The virus makes no distinction between rich and poor, between citizen and foreigner, between man and woman. The virus takes no heed of skin colour, educational qualification or postcode.