I remember my mom & dad tell me about their youth the curfew was always active bcs of some kind of a rebellion happened in 1989 where two political parties killed each other to get the control over the country. And they tell me stories about how a curfew looks like. No one can leave the home untill the government says so. All the crowded and public places turn into a cemetery while silent sends you a message about something terrible is gonna happen. And also i remember the stories about their childhood where living cost is very low though there was no enough supply in the market to buy from. The people had to wait in the queues to purchase their essentials in 1971-72 (Because of a closed economy which was by the way the first step to a booming economy, unfortunately our people couldn’t bare)
Then i remember in my childhood my generation experienced a civil war though we are allowed to go anywhere in the country but coming back home alive was always left to question . But after winning the Civil war everything turned out to be pretty normal. The country was slowly booming up then in year 2020 Baam!!. A deadly pandemic virus hits all over the world. A deadly virus has been knocking down every powerful nations which reports the total number of countries affected right now as im writing this blog is 195 which is within just 3 months . For the 1st time in my life I experienced both curfew and being in a queue for more than one hour just to enter into a supermarket keeping one meter distance with each other while covering my face with a mask.
On December 31, 2019, the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) China office heard the first reports of a previously-unknown virus behind a number of pneumonia cases in Wuhan, a city in Eastern China with a population of over 11 million. The WHO has declared a global pandemic over a new coronavirus which causes an illness known as COVID-19.
The disease appears to have originated from a Wuhan seafood market where wild animals, including marmots, birds, rabbits, bats and snakes, are traded illegally. Coronaviruses are known to jump from animals to humans, so it’s thought that the first people infected with the disease – a group primarily made up of stallholders from the seafood market – contracted it from contact with animals. And when it infected to a human it travels fast from one to one. If you touch them, touch something which they already touched, kiss them or even have conversation with them without having a atleast a one metres of distance, you are in trouble. Thats what makes this very difficult to control. The infected people will be isolated. The suspicious patients will be quarantined immediately.
However the virus which was started from China didn’t take too long to attack the rest of the world. At the moment when im writing this total Corona confirmed cases is 425000 and counting and the total number of deaths all around the world is 19000 and counting.
If we go through the history of pandemic and epidemic , I’d like to highlight the given two below
1. The Balck Death – The Invention of Quarantine
The Black Death, also known as the Pestilence, Great Bubonic Plague, the Great Plague or the Plague, or less commonly the Great Mortality or the Black Plague, was the most devastating pandemic recorded in human history, resulting in the deaths of an estimated somewhere around 200 million people in Eurasia, peaking in Europe from 1347 to 1351.
2. Spanish Flu
The Spanish flu, also known as the 1918 flu pandemic, was an unusually deadly influenza pandemic. Lasting from January 1918 to December 1920, it infected 500 million people—about a quarter of the world’s population at the time. Death toll is estimated to have possibly as high as 100 million, making it one of the deadliest epidemics in human history.
There are few other pandemic which was listed in top 5 deadliest in the history but there is no specific numbers to write down. So il go with above two. My point is that history has given us adequate examples what kind of a effect or damage can be done by this kind of a pandemic to the people around the world. We don’t need to take any trial run regarding that.
When the virus was started in China on last December other nations around the world could have stopped this by the stage of endemic. But so called powerful nations like USA, UK, Italy, Spain, France , Iran didn’t take neccessarry action at the most wanted time. They over estimated themselves. They thought they could control that. But unfortunately Italy and Iran is suffering from the virus like no one excepted. Italy is known as a one of the wealthiest nations in the world , 8th largest economy in the world . Now the virus has gone out of their control. They have come to a stage where the doctors have to decide who is gonna live & who is gonna die.
Last night India decided to go for total lockdown for 21 days. The 5th largest economy in the world, a country with a 1.3 Billion people in a total lockdown for 21 days records the biggest lockdown ever in the history. With that almost 3.3 Billion people around the world is in lockdown. The whole world is going backwards. All the major economies in the world have taken a huge bullet.
The situation in the Italy & Iran is so sad. In last week the death toll per day didn’t go below from 600 in Italy .Three days ago Italy reports 720+ deaths per day which made it the highest number of deaths per day so far. They are running out of the space to bury the bodies. The death of infected people is so horrible. No loved once can come near them. The bodies won’t be returning to the families. No funerals, tombstone, Nothing! Soon they gonna have to go for group burials. But because of what happens in Italy & Iran have sent a message to rest of the world to take neccessarry action before its too late. And most of the countries currently taking neccessarry actions.
However China, the place where all started have controlled the pandemic tremendously. Almost 90% of their infected patience have been cured. They are slowly lifting up the lockdown around the country. Because they knew what coming for them. They hit hard & fast with everything they got. They built a hospital within 10 days with the workforce of 7000 Chinese, which has the capacity for 1000 patients at the same time including remote treatment system that allows doctors & concern people to treat the patients without go near them. But unfortunately Italy, Iran didn’t learn from them
The world is encountering this trans border threat at a critical moment when societies, states and national leaders have lost faith in the idea of global governance and to a certain degree to support and foster strong international institutions.
Wuhan may have been the epicentre for China, yet Italy is becoming the global epicentre and infection rates in Europe are rapidly increasing, Sri Lanka is a victim of the European outbreak and not the Chinese one.
In Sri Lanka the government, health department, three forces, police & civil defence taking all the necessary steps to prevent this from spreading. The curfew is in active through out the whole country for 4 days. And few District has been named as hazardous areas and the curfew is in active untill further notice as per right now. (Total infected in Sri Lanka right now 100+ )
The strategic focus in Sri Lanka has been on curbing inbound travellers, yet we need to focus more on putting most of our resources in the public health system. The key is not elevating the treatment standards per se, but of diagnosis capabilities, the best response to a virus is based on the ability of early diagnosis and pooling that data into creating a predictive and preventive mechanism.
To lead this the president could appoint a multi sectorial task force made out from health officials, public servants, military to diplomats. Covid-19 cannot be dealt with a nationalistic political agenda.
Many countries have started Disinfection process all around the world.
All the Conference, Exhibitiona, Fairs, Seminars, Sports tournament, Series, Leagues have been postponed or cancelled. The Olympic was postponed for first time in the history by Japanese Government due to given situation in the country and the world.
So this is the situation of the whole world on 25th March 2020 upto my knowledge. And this whole scenario tells us one thing . The pandemic hits all the nations regardless of their power, wealth, race etc. Already few of the worlds biggest celebrities have been affected including Prince Charles of Wales, England, Prince Albert II of Monaco , Hollywood superstars Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson, Idris Elba, few major football players in the Spain League, few American NBA players etc. There is no religion , no god , no believe we hold can stop this from happening. Only the human and their efforts can decide what can be & what can’t be.
Stay Safe everyone. The huaman kind has survived from far worst cases. We can fight this too if we take neccessarry action and support the respective & concern authorities of the each countries.Then we can win this too.