At the time of writing this article, the image below shows the chart of the covid-19 pandemic worldwide. It shows clearly that there is currently a second wave of the virus in the world, even though several countries are currently having access to the covid-19 vaccines and there is still ongoing shutdown of businesses and activities in some affected parts of the world.
It is hard to find someone in the world currently who doesn’t know what COVID-19 is, though the possibility of that happening is about 1%… so for the purpose of someone reading this article falling in the 1% we will do a brief introduction to covid-19.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.
HOW IT SPREADS
The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air and quickly fall on floors or surfaces. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose, or mouth.
IMPACT ON THE WORLD
At the moment, many countries have taken stringent measures such as lockdown, shelter in place, or stay-at-home orders, to contain the pandemic at a local level to slow down the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Many countries have declared restrictive measures, However, the wildly differing responses and response timelines have left people wondering if authorities failed to take the situation seriously early on when they could have done more to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. While some of these countries are now considering whether to ease the measures, others have already decided to keep them in place for an extended period of time.
Recently India has taken a huge blow off the effect and is desperate for the vaccines which are probably in limited supply. Since late 2019 when the virus was launched, the pandemic has harmed the poor and vulnerable the most and has pushed millions more into poverty. This year, after decades of steady progress in reducing the number of people living on less than $1.90/day, COVID-19 will usher in the first reversal in the fight against extreme poverty in a generation.