It is natural to organise action against the virus within nation states. But that is hardly evidence for a nationalist upsurge.
Combating the spread demands cooperation across borders against a common enemy. Finding a cure for this disease relies on peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and collaboration. That will set the foundations for a new internationalism. Meanwhile, the shared trauma of this period will bring communities around the world closer together - strengthening these bonds.
As Charles Foster explains, "the virus doesn’t carry a passport or recognise frontiers. The only way of stopping its spread would be to shut borders wholly, and not even the most rabid nationalists advocate that. It would mean declaring that nations were prisons, with no one coming in or out – or at least not coming back once they’d left. In a world where we too casually assume that frontiers are significant, it doesn’t do any harm to be reminded of the basic fact that humans occupy an indivisible world. Cooperation between nations is essential to combating the epidemic. That cooperation is likely to undermine nationalist rhetoric."