IT Voice March 2020 Edition

CORONA: Prevention is better than cure.

As the corona virus spreads around the world, public-health experts are encouraging people to maintain social distancing. The limiting of non-essential gatherings and thanks to technology, many professionals can now work from their home or anywhere with a laptop and a high-speed internet connection. The deadly outbreak has claimed that lives of over 10000 people and infected nearly 236920 globally. The WHO has declared it a pandemic. The Health Ministry has confirmed 195 cases of corona virus in India and four deaths so far. The disease has already claimed over 10000 lives globally and infected close to 236,920 worldwide. The WHO has declared the Covid-19 outbreak as a pandemic.

The corona virus is a family of viruses that can cause a wide range of illnesses in humans including common cold, fever and more severe forms like MERS and SARS which are life-threatening. The virus is named after its shape which takes the form of a crown with protrusions around it and that’s why , is known as corona virus. Now we reach at the edge of our lives, where we are both humans we should protect our lives as we can instead of running off. This case does not escaped anymore, so we have to take risk and nothing to fear.

Since it is a new strain, there is no specific vaccine treatment that can treat it. According to the World Health Organization, “In most of the cases many of symptoms of corona virus can be treated according to the patient’s clinical condition”. However, it has already killed over 10000 person globally. India has expanded screening of international travelers. Few Indian travelers who were found with the symptoms of corona virus have been isolated and treated. Major worries are supply chain disruptions and a sharp reduction in tourism and business travel could weaken the global economy or even cause a recession.

“PM Modi addressed nation, next 15 days are very crucial to India’s battle against Covid-19. Prime Minister Modi calls the nation for ‘Janta Curfew’ on sunday, Mar 22 from morning 7 AM to evening 9 PM, says no citizen, barring those are in essential services, should get out of their houses. On sunday, 22 March at 5 PM, we should thank people like doctors, nurses, medical personnel, cleaning staff for their services”.

Panicking might make corona virus worse for everyone. Store shelves emptied by corona virus panic shoppers. Cleaning supplies, masks, water, toilet paper and hand sanitizers are among the items flying off shelves in response to the corona virus. Public health experts says that, the best way to clean hands is to wash them with soap and water. It could be counter productive to deny sanitizer to others, who could use to avoid spreading the infection to you and even though the corona virus is not going away tomorrow and medicine to treat corona virus infections is expected in the coming months. A vaccine could be ready in sometime and then there are some idiotic and selfish reactions, such as stealing stocks of medical  face masks from hospitals and research facilities, as has been reported in the country. The nation already has a inadequate supply of masks and taking protective gear away from those who work with sick people endangers everyone. Staying away from big crowds, stocking up on prescription medication and food in case of in-home isolation and washing hands frequently are all wise in the face of a pandemic that is spread through virus-laden droplets sneezed or coughed by sick people.

Of course, people should be concerned and take precautions to avoid coming down with COVID-19 for themselves, but also for others in the community who are at higher risk for serious illness or death, such as elderly people and those with underlying serious health conditions. As the numbers of confirmed cases will most likely rise quickly. In this situation, people need to hold their panic level in check. People should not demand diagnostic tests from health care providers if you are well and have had no known contact with a sick person. The government has a shortage of testing kits, and priority should be given to those showing signs of illness or with documented exposure, not to nervous germ phoebes and having patience with state and local government officials who are grappling with difficult decisions and trying to walk the line between complacency and overreaction to protect the community. One way recommended by health experts in tackling the virus is avoiding large gatherings or social distancing.

Since the precautions to tackle corona virus are limited, it could be very difficult to prevent infections from rising in India, especially in offices with a large number of people. Though work from home could hurt operations flow at Indian firms, top management at corporate firms has instructed or recommended employees to work from home. There are many companies, which have asked their employees to work from their home. Twitter also made it mandatory for it’s employees to work from home. Several industry like NASSCOM have already requested the government to waive restrictions around work from home because off corona virus outbreak which has spread to hundreds of countries around the globe as it is very serious issue. While thousands of employees have started logging in from their house as companies roll out work-from-home drills to combat the spread of novel corona virus, but for many sectors such as hospitality, banking, media, delivery and construction, working from their home is just not an option. The options diminish further if you are a blue-collar worker like a construction worker or a mechanic. The ratio of blue to white-collar workers, according to India’s labor ministry, is 78:22. What’s worse, their chances of contracting infections are higher than those who work in office environments. In short, the economic fallout of corona virus is unavoidable and efforts should be towards keeping people/employees healthy. This would help affected countries to bounce back smoothly. Economists and health experts are suggesting that the primary goal in order to bring the global economy back on track is to keep people healthy and safe during the peak of the virus outbreak. At a time when the entire world is trying to fight an unknown virus, experts said each and every part of the society, including organizations and firms, should take all the necessary steps to tackle the corona virus from spreading even at the cost of disruptions. Whenever news of a new virus hits, suddenly rumors and fears tend to spread much faster than the illness.

Be careful and be responsible, but do not give in to pandemic panic.

Always remember: prevention is better than cure.