When something bad happens and recovery is impossible, it is said to be fragile. Fragility happens to people, things, businesses when they have experienced harm.
COVID-19 destroyed many small businesses. I live in Mexico and so many restaurants, hotels and family-owned businesses closed their doors for good. This happened all over the globe, and there is no doubt that we have all personally seen the fragility of our communities - and may have personally experienced it.
Natural disasters destroy homes and buildings, many of which will never recover. My family lives just outside Sendai, Japan,