Coronavirus infection crosses 1 Million mark globally
As of now, Coronavirus has infected 1,007,977 people around the world. With the US having the highest number of cases 236,339, followed by 115,242 cases in Italy, 110,238 in Spain, 84,600 in Germany, 59,929 France and 50,468 in Iran.
Highlights! COVID-19 infection cross 1 million mark causing more than 50,000 deaths while 210,055 recovers.
- The Failing Healthcare Systems
- Race For A Cure
- The Economical After Effects
These numbers are alarming. In the last three months, the world has turned upside down. The novel coronavirus is still cureless, with not even a confirmed treatment insight.
On Thursday, the World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus recognised that the virus has exposed the weaknesses and imbalance in societies and global health systems. Adding that, COVID-19 has revealed our ‘lack of preparedness’ and the ‘gaps in our supply chains and other essential systems.’
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And the aforementioned numbers are just of infected cases globally, 52,771 people have lost their lives by now and these figures will change by the time you’ll read this.
The Failing Healthcare Systems
The USA which has the best hospitals in the world has predicted up to 240,000 deaths in the wake of Coronavirus. Canada, the UK, Germany, France with great hospital facilities, aren’t able to contain the pandemic successfully either.
The world is on a shortage of ventilators and basic necessities like masks, medical overall for the front line healthcare workers. In many parts of the world, Doctors have to take the call who gets to live when it comes to ventilators.
If the over-stressed health systems fail to protect and treat patients WHO predict COVID-19 more radical effects. The gaps in medical care may result in more deaths than the pandemic itself. Tedros says, “When health systems are overwhelmed, mortality from vaccine-preventable and other treatable conditions will increase dramatically.”
Race For A Cure
The race to find a cure has begun a while back a new ‘game-changer’ medicine is up fronted BCG vaccine, anti-malaria treatment–all have been looked into by scientists and researchers around the globe.
As per Milken Institute’s online tracking tool, approximately 50 potential vaccines are being researched. While 25 antibodies treatment, 15 antiviral treatments and 20 other treatments are being researched.
According to a study by Lancet Infectious Diseases journal the death rate for coronavirus might be lower than what was thought previously. However, COVID-19 can be several times ‘deadlier’ in comparison to previous pandemic viruses like H1N1 which was associated with 1918 Spanish Flu.
The Economical After Effects
With the world in a lockdown, businesses shut, supply chain broke the foreseeable future of the planet is jeopardised. COVID-19 in its wake brought the biggest oil market crash since the great depression.
As per the reports the looming recession is going to affect global economies for next year and beyond that. The governments are restricting trade to contain the spread of the pandemic and the virus reconfigures the concept of public space threatening consumer-led economic growth.
100 years back the 20th-century plague changed the course of history. While Coronavirus crosses 1 million mark perhaps history IS repeating itself.