Corona Pandemic is not less than a never ending nightmare to human race . it has engulfed each and every corner of this globe and creating menace. Superpowers and economic powerhouse of this world feeling helpless against this corona gaint. Nationwide lock-downs, social distancing, and isolation are in place. Everything is at stake from the global economy to the human race.

Are we overreacting to an ordinary health problem?

These kinds of reactions from the government and individuals have raised few questions about tackling the situation. Are we overreacting to a common health problem or its just the fear media have created over a period of time?

Let’s try to understand this whole scenario by understanding the disease first and then support the entire media buildup with data given by WHO and other research firms.

What is really Corona-virus disease?

According to World Health Organization Coronavirus disease (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. Voila now you have an authentic record of the disease its just a mild to moderate harmful disease then why so much fuzz about it ?

Corona virus Severity  Comparison with other Viruses

To understand the severity of corona disease , we have taken data from WHO, CDC and few independent research organization. We are Comparing 5 most deadly and well known viruses on 4 factors which are crucial to understand its impact on human health and demography .

Above table shows a shocking picture of corona virus and question the authorities to give such a huge coverage. If we talk about fatality of corona virus its just 2 to 3 % that for the people who are already ailing with some kind of disease. Transmission possibility from one person to another is also moderate.

Fearful thing about this virus is that we don’t have any vaccination yet and cure is entirely dependent on self immunity or intensive care facility if patient develop severe symptoms.

Top 10 Diseases to cause death across globe

According to World Health Organization’s 2019 health statistics , every year almost 10 million people die because of heart attack. Check below list of top 10 causes of death worldwide

Diseases like TB and Diabetes kill almost 4 million people every year which is very much curable or controllable through medicines. Almost 1% of total world’s population (56 Million deaths reported to WHO) die every year due to these disease every year.

As of today Corona virus has infected 1.62 Million people in entire world, 97,039 deaths have been recorded so far, based on the real time data  mortality rate for corona virus is coming around 6 % and almost 23 % patients are recovered from this disease with the self immunity.

If we analyse  death data caused by regular top 10 disease and corona virus , it again question the hysteria created for  corona virus by governments and other health organizations. We are giving less important to the disease which causes most deaths in comparison of a disease which is less fetal and can be treated by self immunity.

Through this data we are not downplaying the severity of corona disease but it has created more grave situations in our daily life which is as deadlier as corona pandemic. People are risking their life to stock food and other drugs, daily wagers are on verge of loosing their life due to non availability of food and the money to buy the essentials. Governments are trying their best to reach out to every citizen but there are lot many limitations with the system.

Are we delaying the corona catastrophe ?

Researchers found that people can carry corona virus for months even if it is not traceable in blood which means it can infect other people during that time. Such kind of risk arises from the people who has already recovered from COVID-19 due to strong immune system. At present people following social distancing and lock down so the spread is limited but as soon as this lock down and social distancing precaution fade away we will come to the second wave of corona pandemic which will be worse than existing one. We all are expecting corona vaccine to tackle this situation but nobody is sure about the time it going to take.

 

is Herd Immunity a Solution to Corona Pandemic?

According to medical journal “Cell” and Oxford vaccine group ” Individual immunity is a powerful force affecting host health and pathogen evolution” . Importantly, the effects of individual immunity also scale up to affect pathogen transmission dynamics which is called Herd Immunity or a Population-scale immunity is termed ‘herd immunity.

How does it work ?

If a sufficient number of people get infected with a disease and develop immunity against it  thereby providing a measure of protection for individuals who are not immune yet. Now we know that herd immunity may play a vital role in containment of corona virus. Normally herd immunity works well when we have vaccine against pathogen to develop immunity pool in society, Without an immunization system it may or may not work or it may open another jar of worms by exposing huge number of people to an uncertain possibility.

What do Doctors suggest to tackle Corona Pandemic?

Corona virus is a contagious disease it spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Protection against Corona virus 

Corona virus doesn’t have any cure as of now and only prevention is cure.

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places  – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.

Way Forward

Corona virus threat is real but it is not as big as that we can’t fight it on our own. Seeing its data for past 3 months we can make sure its eradication by self control. We have to prepare our self in such a manner that our actions look like precaution rather reaction.

An aware composed decision  is always better than a fearful one. Lets spread the awareness instead of hysteria.

Even if somehow someone get infected, don’t over react. Follow self isolation guidelines, inform concerned authorities and perform a COVID-19 test. Most probably it will be cured by self immunity, in case symptoms get severe seek medical help.

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