More than ever before, the idea of returning to “business as usual” is being challenged. Over the last few years, we have witnessed unprecedented health and socio-economic impacts from climate change-induced catastrophes: extensive wildfires, floods, droughts, and disease transmission. There are new, emerging infectious diseases already present in certain regions of the world which have spread rapidly to a large proportion of the population. The various Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemics of recent years are one such example. But the most recent SARS COV-2 (referred hereafter by its more popular name of COVID-19) has been a pandemic that continues to have devastating impacts on the world’s social, political, economic, education, and especially public health systems as we experience distinctly different COVID pandemics around the world.