HOW TO PREPARE FOR A PANDEMIC
Corona strikes came with a loud bang putting us all in a smoke of terror and uncertainty. Nations and economies are struggling to conceal the outbreak and bring back balance. None of us were prepared for such a large scale natural calamity. While still hoping for this to be over and our planet to recover we can ask ourselves one important question- what can we learn from covid-19? How to be prepared better in the future had such a situation arise again?
‘WHO ‘DECLARES A PANDEMIC?
It’s up to the world health organisation (WHO) to declare a global pandemic if such an epidemic grew out of proportion. An outbreak is when a sudden and massive increase in the case of a disease happens. When this outbreak spread to a much larger region it is labelled as an epidemic. An epidemic of very high degrees and intensity is generally called a pandemic. The declaration of a pandemic is entirely in authority of WHO and does not require a specific mark to meet. This declaration is to warn the nations and their administration to take immediate actions to avoid the spread of disease.
HOW TO BE PREPARED?
WHO director specifies four important steps to prepare ourselves.
2. Detect and treat
3. Reduce transmission
It’s up to the administration of each area to take immediate measures to contain the pandemic. An indefinite lockdown and mandatory shutting down of public gatherings should be ensued. Citizens should be advocated on the severity of the situation and given health instructions. All transport systems must be regulated or shut down. People should be advised to stop travelling. A lockdown will tremendously affect the economies and hence the living conditions of people. Government should form creative plans to minimise the blow. While no one of us can predict a virus outbreak, we can all take some precautionary actions as citizens. What we can do is become responsible citizens and obey the regulations of authorities and government. We must adopt healthy habits and should take the warning with necessary seriousness. While precaution is necessary, it is also important that we must not panic or freak out .Panic-stricken actions may lead to adverse effects. As citizens we can do the following actions.
• Heed to the guidelines of local authorities
• Prepare ourselves for disruption of daily services
• Avoid all public gatherings and social contacts
• Give importance to hygiene
• Stay tuned to the news
• Have your medical records ready
• Consult a doctor if any one of your family members show symptoms
• Alarm the authorities if something happens