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Will Pakistan Survive Coronavirus Outbreak?

The virus called SARS-CoV-2, originated in China's central Wuhan city last December has spread to 115 countries so far. Since then, the virus has hopped borders, infected over 115,000 people and killed over 4000 people. But as with all past outbreaks, this one will eventually come to an end. These numbers are increasing by the day and are likely to change by the time this article will be published.

How does the corona spread?

It is important to know that medical specialists has confirmed its human to human transfer (through coughing and sneezing) and touching surfaces contaminated with the virus. The COVID-19 virus may survive on surfaces for several hours, but simple disinfectants can kill it.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

It’s an unfortunate situation that some people are spreading fake information on social and other media. So you should know the facts about this virus by consulting your doctors as well as offal advisories issued by government. Symptoms, defined by World Health Organization (WHO) can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal.

How can I avoid the risk of infection?

Here are four precautions you can take to avoid infection:
• Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub
• Cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue, when coughing or sneezing, and throw away the tissue into a closed bin
• Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms
• Seek medical care early if you or your child has a fever, cough or difficulty breathing
• Avoid travelling and mass gatherings

Mental Health during Coronavirus Pandemic

How much impact does the coronavirus outbreak have on people’s mental health? And what remedies are available? We spend a lot of time talking about the masks and how to help you medically, washing hands and all of these things, but people’s emotions are very high and Fear and anxiety about corona virus can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community strong.

Stress Can Include

• Fear and worry about your own health and of your loved ones
• Changes in sleep or eating habits
• Difficulty in concentrating
• Worsening of chronic health problems
• Excessive use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs

Things you can do to Support Yourself

• Hearing about the pandemic Virus can be upsetting for many people so you should keep yourself away from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media.
• Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
• Try to eat healthy diet, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.

Coronavirus and Pakistan

According to local media reports, twenty more people has been tested positive in just 24 hours on Sunday (March 15), the highest number reported in the country in a single day, pushing the tally to 53.

Soon after official health authorities confirmed coronavirus outbreak in Pakistan, panic surged among nation and people has set their eyes on government of Pakistan for proper measures to prevent virus spread. In wake of corona pandemic, Pakistan shut all its schools and land borders and decided to limit international flights and discourage large gatherings to try to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

One thing we should keep in mind that Pakistan will lose battle with coronavirus pandemic if we will not take proper measures to save the precious lives of people. It’s worth mentioning here that WHO has defined a pandemic as “the worldwide spread of a new disease.” At this point in time, there is no vaccine for this kind of infection. It requires research, time and resources coupled with concentrated effort to develop one.

People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

Before Pakistan, this virus infected engulfed the developed countries like China, UK, US Canada, Italy and many other countries. Different countries have dealt with it in different ways. Pakistani government who is talking actions to fight with corona, must start paying attention to what other nations have so far done and start putting together an intelligent strategy of their own.

After imposing emergencies the first step which has been adopted should be ‘testing method’. Different countries like UK, Italy and South Korea are testing different numbers of people per million people to check out the existence of this strain of virus. Calling off Public Events like cricket matches, musical events, and similar like events which inevitably will lead to huge numbers of bodies in one place has been implemented in many places.

Pakistan should follow the strict polices for isolation of infected people by controlling the importation to prevent local transmission of cases. That is why we in Pakistan started enhanced airport and border health screenings. We shut down certain flights and borders for defined times. Even when done properly these measures do not ensure that no infected person enters the country.

It’s also a reality that in a country where majority of the population is concerned about putting the next meal on the table, dealing with the corona virus may be a fry cry. Until it hits them largely! Strong awareness campaign for every class of people has become need of the hour.

This deal with responsibilities, citizens must take to avoid the pandemic. All points covering hygiene must be communicated to the people at their level of understanding.. It must also be ensured that protective masks are available and profiteers do not fleece buyers. For low income groups, arrangements to provide the masks for free must be made.

More importantly, hospitals must be equipped to deal with corona virus. Free camps, equipped with everything needed should be set up in rural and smaller areas of country to facilitate (checking and treatment) the people who didn’t have access to the hospitals. Putting personal conflicts aside, politicians should join hands for the welfare of not only other people for their own welfare too.