Covid-19: The Pandemic is not over

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The pandemic is not over yet. We may be approaching a sixth wave after the world experienced an abrupt increase in cases during the previous week. Yet again, the U.S. is trudging into what could be another COVID-19 surge, with cases rising nationally and in most states after a two-month decline. The case of Pakistan is not much different, according to the National Institute of Health, 268 out of 12,513 tests performed on June 23 had positive results, with the southern region of the country accounting for more than half of these cases. Alarming reports also claim that Karachi’s positivity rate has surged to a staggering 21.23 percent, with 138 new cases detected after 650 PCR testing. It is admirable that the Sindh government quickly reinstated non-pharmaceutical intervention (NPI) rules for Karachi in view of the escalating scenario. The recommendations will call for the use of masks, maintaining a social distance at public meetings, and limiting passenger capacity on public transportation to 70%. In high-risk locations, LEAs will also review immunization records. While there haven’t been any hospitalizations yet in Sindh, the rest of the country is home to about 80 Covid patients who are receiving acute care. There is no doubt that Sindh’s DG Health would be able to strengthen Rapid Response Units for Covid-19 sampling and immunization, especially booster doses, given the effectiveness of previous vaccination campaigns. Authorities appear to have learned from the past and to be in charge of the situation.

However, any carelessness could cause the situation to spiral out of control. COVID-19 pandemic already hijacked the whole world with its systematics global risk. The rate of infection by Novel Viruses was very high in last two years, and a gradual increasing trend is again observed by all over the world. It does not recognize borders, race, ethnicity, and parameters of our lives and well-being. It affects every area of our daily life like the healthcare system, educational infrastructure, economic growth, and social norms, and threatens billions of lives. It creates unprecedented problems for our society and affects global resilience. All the countries are focused on changing their health and economic policies to control the pandemic crisis as much as possible. Due to the pandemic, most of the underdeveloped countries face the problem of adjusting or optimizing their limited health and economical resources with high poverty. Pakistan has faced acute shortage of doctors and paramedical staff with its increasing population size, during the surge of covid. Same is the case with the social and economic sectors of Pakistan which has badly impacted by the covid-19 and the aftershocks are still observable. The globalized economic world act as a facilitator to spread this virus from one state to another and make it a pandemic. But in turn, this pandemic affected the globalized world economy as well. The global negative trade and introversion policies of people acted against this globalized economic order. The sole weakness was the collective global response by the states and organizations who were made to facilitate the economic world.

There is need of appropriate coordination and proper mechanism between all stakeholders of a state is very important for effectively dealing with current health crises as well as utilizing the limited resources and implementation of policy actions for achieving global resilience. The development of a combined coordination body can provide dynamic measures by engaging all parent partners and create the consensus between them for implementing policies and maximizing the chance of recovery from health crises. Several departments are working to create awareness among the people about the spreadness and high risk of Novel Virus. While the government is doing its part, it is also the citizens’ duty to cooperate.

The only way we were able to survive the deadliest of waves was through mutual cooperation, and it is still possible to do so now. The idea that the Covid-19 virus has been eradicated forever must be dispelled, and we must instead rely on the information of scientists and other experts. Covid-19 will not go away. If we continue to vaccinate and take the required safeguards, it will become less fatal with each passing year. “It’s going to be hard to institute restrictive, draconian measures.” Fortunately, we have some tools that we can use to mitigate risk. And so I hope that leaders will emphasize the importance for people to watch the numbers,” be aware of risks and consider taking precautions such as wearing masks and getting vaccinated and boosted if they’re not already.

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