The whole world is currently feeling the pinch of the coronavirus pandemic that has resulted in major economic disruptions. That said, regardless of where you are in the world, you will certainly be affected by this in one way or the other. Both individuals and several industries are reeling from the effects of the economic slow down brought about by the virus and it gets even worse due to the uncertainty that is it is associated with.
The cryptocurrency sector has not been left behind. Just like many other industries including travel, hospitality, gambling, manufacturing, and tourism, the crypto industry has had to deal with several issues. There are lots of implications that have to be put into consideration.
After the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, there was a significant drop in risk assets with the stock market reporting some of the worst stats in over 10 years. A lot of these risk assets took a hit and crypto was one of them. This can be seen by price drops that were reported for several digital currencies including Bitcoin.
Fortunately, the assets have managed to recover some of their losses the biggest casualties have thus far been the smaller projects. While more popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum might get to recover and even see upticks in their usage, the smaller crypto projects will certainly get the short end of the stick.
To make things even worse, due to the cancellation of most social events and closure of several markets, raising capital is now much harder than it has ever been. Not only are there any meetings to discuss possible investments but the investors are also much warier about what they invest in again due to the uncertainty about the future.
All is not lost though. While the pandemic is definitely not something to be taken lightly, it has allowed for a number of stablecoins to shine. Currencies like Bitcoin are being pulled off exchanges as more people are considering them as vital stores of value that can help them get through these tough times.
Besides that, we have seen significant contributions from the cryptocurrency community towards efforts to fight and contain the coronavirus outbreak. Companies in the sector like Binance have donated funds amounting to millions of dollars towards such efforts and these contributions are bound to make a huge difference in both the long and short terms.