COVID-19! Doesn’t it sound scary already?
As we all know COVID-19 has taken over the world like crazy since it began in 2019. It is undoubtedly one of the diseases of its kind as it is contagious. A virus is responsible for the spreading of this disease from one person to another. COVID-19 was declared as a global pandemic, because it was the cause of many deaths across various countries. COVID-19 didn’t really have a cure and because of that it made people more vulnerable to the virus. The virus mainly affects our lungs and it weakens one’s immunity ,making our bodies really weak. Many countries implemented lockdowns during the pandemic which restricted movement of people across the country. There were certain variations of the virus which were responsible for different waves of COVID. India didn’t have much effect as the first wave hit in early January around Kerala from where the virus started spreading.
First wave of COVID-
The first wave of COVID in India hit in early January 2020. The government had to impose a lockdown in Kerala and later in the whole country. This action was much needed because the virus took no time to spread . This led to the poor economy of the country since most of the manufacturing and production came to a halt. It also led to people sleeping hungry. Workers who worked on daily wages or who lost their jobs had no ways to feed themselves and their families. Transmissions increased over the month after several people with travel history to affected countries, and their contacts, tested positive. Infection rates started to drop in September, along with the number of new and active cases. 7.6 million tests were reconciled between 1 to 5 June 2021
Second wave of COVID-
Since the middle of March 2021, the second wave has started. India had the highest recorded cases (144,829) on April 9 2021. Second wave of COVID hit India really hard, leaving it hopeless and many people affected succumbed to it. The population of India is undoubtedly very high and the number of people affected were were almost half of the population .There was an unavailability of beds, oxygen cylinders and even doctors during the peak of COVID. Doctors couldn’t attend to patients since there were just too many .It was also surprising to see the young population getting more affected which was a matter of worry. India recorded 26 million cases ,second after the US, as reported by BBC.
After all this agony, there is an expectation of a third wave approaching. This really, is a matter of worry because it is just unpredictable as to what extent it can go. As seen , India has become one of the epicenters of the virus , so it is likely to spread really fast. According to the experts, the third wave of COVID will mostly affect kids. Can India really fight the virus or will it become a victim again?
Looking at the current state, India’s prime minister started a vaccination drive among the citizens. That drive had an aim of vaccinating as many people as possible. The vaccine would surely be one of the prevention measures against the virus. India administered more than 180 million doses and it continues so as to stay away from the third wave. The vaccination drive started in January ,it has had many controversies but despite the fact, it boomed. There would be less reasons for concerns if almost the whole population is fully vaccinated . There hasn’t been a vaccine approved for kids yet, but according to experts it is to be available by September 2021 . As much as figures are, it seems that India will be able to fight the virus .We just need to be more careful and alert with all our activities that we do.
The country needs resources that need to be available for them to overcome this deadly disease. By resources , we mean availability of doctors, availability of beds and much more. This will predict if the condition will get better or worse. If the affected patients will be getting medical attention as they require, then it will be easier to save the lives of the patients and in that way there will be less deaths. For India to be able to fight the virus, it needs to have enough resources that can cater for the needs. India also faced an economic crisis due to the pandemic and that made it more difficult to provide the needful items.
The whole world suffered due to this pandemic and everyone went through misery all together.
India had to reach out to countries like the US, Russia, Germany and other nations for vaccines , while some helped and others didn’t. When we were facing shortages of oxygen cylinders during the second wave, many other nations helped us . India is also helping other countries with the vaccines . So if we continue to maintain a good relation with other countries then there is a high possibility of them helping India back if the third wave strikes hard.
In conclusion, India does have a potential to overcome the third wave of the virus if everything goes as planned by the government. People should get vaccinated as soon as possible and behave like responsible adults. It is in our hands to save our lives and our nations so let’s act wisely!