COVID 19 is the name of a disease caused by a virus namely Corona. The Corona type of virus was earlier found in China in 2003 thus caused respiratory disease in human beings called SARS ( Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). It was first found in wild cats which infected human beings in a spillover causing mortality to thousands of people. Another spillover from camels was found in 2012 in Saudi Arabia called MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) also took mortality of thousands of people. Covid 19 is the third spillover of Corona virus from unknown source of the type SARS called SARS COV – 2 a new type of Corona virus. Where CO stands for corona. Vi stands for virus, D stands for disease and 19 the year it broke out. Geneticaly it resembles the earlier SARS virus with different characters. SARS and MERS were more fatal but affected a limited area while SARS cov 2 spreads more quickly and was believed to have less motality but now has taken a new trend with a potential to be more dreadful than the earlier ones. It first erupted in an animal market of Wuhan city of China where a number of people got respiratory arrest when tested found a new type of virus strain resembling the earlier SARS with different characters. China had an experience of combating the Corona MERS which broke out in 2003. Keeping in view of the same the whole market as well as the city of Wuhan was locked down with strict restrictions but they could not keep it completely. It’s initial rapid outbreak in Wuhan was not exposed due to the threat of economic crisis of China globally till it was out of control and took its severe outbreak throughout the globe within a short period of time. The world was not ready to combat neither the infrastructure was sufficient to handle the crisis. China was first alleged of having started a Bio war against the rivals to get economic lead which created a confusing and doubtful situation in the world. During this a verbal war started between the countries instead of fighting against the virus altogether. This resulted in the complete collapse of certain countries like Italy, Iran, USA, Britain etc where World Health Organisation declared it a global medical emergency on December 30, 2019. It was the misunderstanding and confusion among the people where WHO guidelines were given a deaf ear till the whole world was involved. The unawareness and unpreparedness of the countries made them huckle at the mercy of God. The unprecedented lockdowns added more severity in the problem by way of unemployment, starvation, public reaches, food and medical facilities, closure of schools, colleges and universities thereby it took a regional as well as religious mode too to be blamed for its spread besides a complete economic blockade. The undesired and dreadful deaths made the people in shock. It was a new experience for all the stake holders especially the health experts, scientists and the people at global as well as local level. The fear and anxieties in people made all to ponder. But now the time has changed. People are in know it’s proses and cones. The fear and anxiety in people have come down due to the invention of vaccines as if it has completely stopped. The vaccine is also a new experience even if a large population has been vaccinated and the process is going on at a greater speed.
It is a high time to restrain negative thinking, unnecessary criticism to the stakeholders, administrations, front line workers, taking selfishly benefits of the situations around, avoiding rumours, following of SOPs, avoiding negatively highlighting the things causing confusion in general mass and updating your selves with the current situations are some of the tips to follow properly for our safety and security. Let us fight against Covid-19 strongly, unitedly and positively with easy ways and methods.
It is in place to mention here that people vaccinated twice have also become it’s victims which is beyond ones imagination and expectations. Even then the experts are of greater opinion of having the vaccination by everyone must. However the world health organisations, administrations, scientists, health experts etc. alone cannot do wonders till the people in general may not support and join hands to fight against it. It has no concern with religion, region, politics and passion which the people are used to stick in one way or the other. Nowadays the people are seen as having a sigh of relief as if everything is right. It was then that all people were following protocol and guidelines strictly when Italy, Iran, France, USA, Britain etc were severely affected and mortality was witnessed at a certain rate but now when it has reached our doorsteps, local markets and even our bedrooms the people are ignoring it and not following the protocol in letter and spirit. The use of face mask, very easy and cheap, the first warrior to fight against the disease but people have forgotten thus ignoring it’s use. Hand-washing is a free tool of nature with almost 90% safety but people are keeping it aside. Maintaining distances and avoiding people contacts need no training sessions, degrees or diplomas nor it requires finance, qualifications or identity cards but people don’t take it seriously. Avoiding huge rush in travelling, marriage ceremonies, condolences, political gatherings or any other kind of gatherings is a safety kit for ourselves and others too need to be adopted. Outings in rush while in public gardens, amusement spots, cinemas or visiting malls or markets are to be avoided. The closure of schools, colleges and universities is a great loss to the nations but the time demands so for the safety and security of the future generations. The first wave of covid 19 severely affected and took a great toll of people till now. The second wave is in progress which is believed to be more dreadful than the first. Corona virus has recognised the immune system of human beings, got mutated to have a second fight with strong blow expected to affect each and every individual in the world. Now depends upon the public seriousness to follow the standard Operating procedures (SOPs)in letter and spirit to fight against it. The damage to economic system, education of future generation, social bindings, human relationship, human resources, national and international relations, unemployment, health status of people are some of the important fingerprints which the COVID -19 has left behind so far. It is a high time to restrain negative thinking, unnecessary criticism to the stakeholders, administrations, front line workers, taking selfishly benefits of the situations around, avoiding rumours, following of SOPs, avoiding negatively highlighting the things causing confusion in general mass and updating your selves with the current situations are some of the tips to follow properly for our safety and security. Let us fight against Covid-19 strongly, unitedly and positively with easy ways and methods.
(The author is a freelancer. Views are his own)