New York, March 30, 2020: Casual approach towards coronavirus has brought the America on edge. With 1.5 lakh infections and so far more than 2,000 deaths, its woes are unlikely to end in near future. Lately, Dr. Anthony Fauci, US Government infectious disease expert has warned about the griming situation in the most strongest nation. According to him, coronavirus can claim the lives of 2 lakh Americans in days to come.
What went wrong ?
On the arrival of coronavirus, American health bodies acted on their pre-existing biases. With annual deaths of around 12,000 from seasonal flue, US Government and its citizens failed to anticipate the seriousness of the Covid-19 disease. They were skeptical of virus threat. Therefore, pointing to low fatality numbers they did not act, which can now make America, a new center of devastation.
Failure in implementing timely lock down
Putting economy over human lives, American Government ridiculed the idea of complete lock down. Until the infection numbers start to rise, they preferred to keep the business activities going. As a result, the highly contagious virus gripped almost 1.5 lakh citizens.
Plans for quarantining a few cities
In order to get hold of current situation, American Government was thinking over completely quarantining New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Afterwards it issued a strong advisory urging residents not to engage in non-essential travel.
Lessons for India
So far Indian government has conducted around 34,000 tests for Covid-19. The infections number to 1,200, around 30 deaths have been reported from the deadly virus. Although, India is under 21 days of lock down, still people manage to get out of their dwellings. This can subsequently worsen the situation in the near future. However, government machinery is trying hard for the effective implementation of the shutdown.
Several symptoms can indicate the infection from the virus. These may include runny nose, headache, sore throat, cough, and fever. It can also lead to respiratory infections like pneumonia and bronchitis. These symptoms can appear in a day or two after contracting an infection. Sometimes these remain dormant for around 14 days after the exposure.
To prevent the coronavirus infection, one should wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. In case of unavailability of soap, hand sanitizer can be used. Also avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Simultaneously keeping distance with people who are sick is essential. In case of sickness, one should avoid going to public places as the illness could spread in others.