COVID-19 IMPACT ON PAKISTAN

                        

                         PAKISTAN FACES WORST COVID-19 CRISES 

 

How did coronavirus start and where did it come from? Was it the Wuhan animal market? 

Dr. Michelle Baker, an immunologist at CSIRO who studies viruses in bats. He says of research on covid -19's origins has stepped off from the Wuhan market. But "we really don't know" how accurate the origin story is. She says: "there's some sort of connection (to the Wuhan market) and there were people exposed to the market that were infected." We can only speculate. The first confirmed COVID-19 case in Pakistan was that of a Karachi student returning from a pilgrimage to Iran on 26 February. Shia pilgrims coming home from Iran, at the time the region's worst-hit country, formed the first major cluster of imported infections. The government quarantined hundreds of pilgrims in overcrowded, unhygienic conditions near the Iranian border but then allowed them to leave for their home provinces without adequate testing or isolation, spreading the virus throughout the country.

In December, we had a peak in the second wave of COVID-19. Over several COVID-19 cases start to decline. Over time the situation gradually changed. By January, we started to see a slow increase. The overall numbers were still small and case positivity very low but a consistent increase visible. The numbers of daily deaths started to increase and doctors in hospitals and clinics started reporting an increased number of cases. Some doctors in different cities of Punjab did not see such several Covid patients in the first or second wave. But the third wave of Covid most dangerous in comparison other two waves. In the first two waves, the symptoms were cough, headache temperature, etc. 

The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is defining health crises of our time and the greatest challenge we have faced since World War Two. Since its emergence in Asia in 2019, the virus has spread to every continent except Antarctica.

We have now reached the tragic milestone of more than two million deaths, and human families suffering under an almost intolerable burden of loss.

The major crisis which Pakistani people have to face during the COVID-19 lockdown is poverty. During this period lot of people lost their jobs. Social, economic, and educational losses for the developing country are a big loss.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected about 210 countries with more than 67 million confirmed cases and over 1.5 million deaths across the globe including Pakistan. Considering the population density, health care capacity, existing poverty, and environmental factors with more than 420,000 infected people and about 8300 plus mortalities, community transmission of the coronavirus happened rapidly in Pakistan. This paper analyses the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 peak on the socio-economic and environmental aspects of Pakistan.   Many negative impacts on primary, secondary, and tertiary sectors of the economy such as agriculture, education, and health care are observed, a drastic improvement in the air quality index of urban centers of the country has been recorded amid lockdowns. With the current economic crisis, the health care system, and critical health literacy, a well-managed and coordinated action plan are required from all segments of the society led by the public authorities. A thorough assessment of the COVID-19 scenario, management, and control measures presented in this study can be assistive for the provision of policy guidelines to governments and think tanks of countries with similar socio-economic and cultural structures. With the help of the Government and the cooperation of people can cope with the situation, after long disaster to recover is a difficult thing but not impossible "GOD helps those who help themselves".

Clean your hands often. Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub.

Maintain a safe distance from anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Wear a mask when physical distancing is not possible.

Don't touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.

Stay home if you feel unwell.

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.

Calling in advance allows your healthcare provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This protects you and prevents the spread of viruses and other infections.

Masks

Masks can help prevent the spread of the virus from the person wearing the mask to others. Masks alone do not protect against COVID-19 and should be combined with physical distancing and hand hygiene. Follow the advice provided by your local health authority. You listen about health as wealth. If we are physically strong then we will cope up with all crises with the help of GOD.  

 

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