THE CORONAVIRUS- 20 MONTHS LATER

COVID-19 is invisible the disruption it has triggered is visible everywhere. COVID-19 the disease caused by the virus has been wreaking havoc across the world for the last twenty months. No part of the planet has been left untouched. How safe is the world faring today? Some experts refer to number showing that the world is better off given the fact that COVID is less deadly than the “Spanish flu” safe vaccines were developed and record times vaccinations work treatment other than vaccines for covid have been proven to work too and open science has led to a life saved.

Granted no two pandemics or the same, covid and the Spanish Flu belong to different eras. Science is not as advanced 100 years ago as it is today. The world population at 7.8 billion today is much bigger. Still, the sheer numbers are instructive. when the Spanish flu pandemic hit it had infected an estimated 500 million people between 1918 to 1920 and killed up to 50 million or 10% of the fatality rate- during a period when the planet’s inhabitants were still less than two billion. The world today is truly more global with both its upsides and downsides. This makes covid truly a pandemic. one cannot unmake travel. have but this has a potentially dangerous downside: in the case of smaller island nations, their very existence is at risk warned World Health Organization.

There are at least 21 COVID-19 vaccines approved today vaccines were developed in record time using at least three platforms. The World Health Organization so far approved seven vaccines. experts estimate that if 30.2 million vaccines are produced daily around the rate of 349 vaccines per second that number would enable the world to achieved herd immunity in the next 12 months. The current batch of approved vaccines is highly effective at preventing severe cases. However, they are less effective and preventing mild cases of the delta. Science benefits mankind. In this pandemic-keeping science, open help save lives. As the research findings are getting translated and to practice even more rapidly open science encourages a broader endorsement of the principles that science should always be a rigorous process reliable and transparent. They had some glitches but in general, the world has seen an unprecedented pace of research and development in the midst of COVID. Rapid sharing and review of research data have greatly improved understanding of the pandemic which has led to reducing mortality. Another benefit of open science is greater scrutiny of informed consent and in any drug study, adverse effects cannot be neglected.

But despite these developments, there are still some worries. What Health Organization has approved seven covid vaccines. more than 190 countries have approved vaccines that are at least 138 vaccines candidates and 404 vaccine trials. But there isn’t enough vaccine stock in the world. Wealthy nations are funded by vaccine research have plenty of vaccine supplies while underdeveloped countries struggle. Online learning helped to win the virus that was ramping across the world. It wasn’t perfect but allowed education to continue even when schools were closed. decent learning is never the same as classroom learning. Life on a university campus the education of life itself students missed all that. Not to mention the difficulty in accessing the internet for students living in poorer sections of society.