A few months back, everything was normal. All of us were on our daily routine. But now it’s not. We are now undergoing hard times. And we know the reason. Yes, it is COVID-19 that has caused us so much trouble. And the news is that the number of infected people could raise over a million in the upcoming few days.
Yes, guys. What you’ve read is true. The novel coronavirus which has affected every corner of the globe is now on its verge to surpass 1 million any day now, the World Health Organisation’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on April 1.
He said, ”As we enter the fourth month since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m deeply concerned about the rapid escalation and global spread of infection”. He added that over the past five weeks there has been an exponential growth in the number of fresh cases reaching almost every country, territory, and area. The number of deaths has reached about 50,000.
Support must be given to Developing Countries
Tedros said that we need to emphasize on developing countries where there have been fewer reported cases–including countries in Africa, Central America, and South America–to have support in order to both prevent infections and also stop the economic, social, and political collapse that could accompany outbreaks.
We must ensure that these countries be well-equipped to detect, test, isolate, and treat cases, and identify contacts.
One wonderful thing is that we can see this happen in many countries, despite their limited resources.
One motivating and encouraging example is India, where the prime minister announced a $US 24 billion package, including free food rations, cash transfers, and free cooking gas for the next three months.
Tedros also said that WHO, along with UNICEF and the International Federation of Red Cross, has also released new guidelines to help developing countries adapt practices like physical distancing and rigorous hand-washing.
It is on a pleasant note that many countries are following the basic guidelines mentioned, thus trying to control the spread of the disease. These include setting up hand-washing stations at the entrance to public buildings, offices, bus stops, and train stations and encouraging people to maintain social distancing in case they need to go out. Staying at home is the best thing we can do now.
About 74 countries are now-underway “solidarity trial,” and are testing four different drug combinations’ safety and effectiveness against COVID-19.
About three months ago nothing was known about this virus, but now we are all collectively fighting it and learning about it.
“WHO is committed to serving all people everywhere with the best evidence to protect their health.”