Welcome back to my blog. It has been almost 9 months since I last wrote a blog and so many things have taken place in these 9 months. From hanging outside with friends and partying to staying at home for more than a month, I have seen and experienced everything. A lot of crazy stuff happened in these 9 months like England winning the cricket world cup 2019 on boundary count, the resignation of Theresa May and election of Boris Johnson as the new UK Prime minister, heavy protest and violence in Hong Kong, the US women’s football team winning its fourth world cup, someone set the Amazons on fire, Australia faced massive forest fires in which more than half a billion animals died, the unfortunate death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant which brought tears to all our eyes and so many more events. But the one which has rocked this world right now is the Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
This new virus and disease was not known before this epidemic started in Wuhan, China after a person reportedly ate a bat. Even though this theory is still not confirmed, it is the most famous theory as to how this virus moved from an animal to a human. With around 82,000+ people infected in China out of which 3,500+ people died of this virus, there are questions raised by various people and governments as to how China controlled this virus so well where as US and European countries have been the worst affected countries in the world. There are various conspiracy theories about the coronavirus such as that the coronavirus is a biological weapon made by China which was accidentally leaked and that the Chinese already have a vaccine/antidote and they are waiting for this virus to be at its peak so that they can release the vaccine and have huge economic gains.
As a matter of fact only 9 out of the top 100 billionaires have earned a profit and all of them are Chinese. The Chinese government has even bought various shares in European and American share markets so that they can earn profit in the future. China has also emerged as a top exporter of safety kits and masks but again controversy was not far when various countries reported export of faulty kits supplied to them and this gave rise to more such conspiracies.
Coming to India, which has a population of 1.3 billion people has till now performed way better than any other developed country in the world with just 11,000+ infected people and 350+ deaths . Even though they are facing economic recession due to this virus, India has become the leading exporter of Hydroxychloroquine, a drug which is being used world wide to treat patients of the novel coronavirus. This has earned India as well as its PM Shri Narendra Modi international goodwill. Even with the opposition parties in India and critics of PM Modi criticising the amount of testing done in India and safety kits which according to them are minuscule and are less than what is necessary. According to the government they have enough of safety kits and that they have ordered more than 17 million more kits. Indian industrial giants such as the Ambanis and the Tatas have donated more than 500 crores and 1500 crores respectively and others have started to manufacture ventilators and safety kits at reasonable prices for the government as well as the private hospitals and servicemen. Inspite of the often non-constructive and useless criticism, the government has released along with the RBI various Economic policies to help the daily wage labourers and the people who are unemployed. The government has even facilitated in the distribution of ration worth of 3 months to the public. Some parts of the country have gone through a migrant crisis following the spread of fake news amongst the vulnerable daily wage migrants who have not been employed since the lockdown started in the country. While critics of PM Modi say that it is the result of his inefficiency, it has been shown from time to time that it is nothing but a conspiracy planned and spread by various anti social and anti-government forces who want to defame the ruling government and the country.
While the coronavirus has its negative medical effects, the lockdown despite its utmost importance and its advantages has had its fair share of disadvantages as according to experts it may lead to the increase of suicides and divorces as the people may be stuck at home with their abusers and may face more abuse not only physically but also emotionally, verbally and even sexually which may as the worst case scenario include killing themselves. To avoid this, awareness should be increased about the helpline numbers by the government or the police to whom the victims may call and get rescued from literal hell. Instead of sidelining this issue, it should be taken upfront and measures should be taken to ensure that people are able to call for rescue through some kind of code words. So in case you are a victim or might know someone who is a victim, share with him and her the helplines or if necessary call the helpline on behalf of the person. The most important thing in this case is to be sympathetic to the victim and not to be rude or ignorant of him.
Last but not least while the vaccines are still undergoing trials and medical workers and researchers hope to get a vaccine within the next 12-18 months, the most important thing in the current situation is control which is only possible through self isolation, quarantine and social distancing in case you have to head out to buy essential products only. Those countries which did not follow these things are now the worst affected so it is in the hands of the people whether they want to live and stay healthy or suffer from the covid-19 pandemic.
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Take care, Stay home and Stay safe from the Novel Coronavirus Disease.