A sense of panic has engulfed the air in India. Everywhere you see, there are worrying signs. Prominent Indian cities are strangulated by a rather strange phenomenon- the number of available COVID beds are less but the patients suffering from the infectious virus aren’t decreasing. There are even makeshift funeral grounds being made.
Chief Ministers have already chaired meeting with none other than the Prime Minister to find a way to end the seemingly ceaseless woes. But so far, to little avail. A shocker arrived in the form a news in the early hours of April 28, when news confirmed that what was to have been a burial ground for pets was actually being used for humans, albeit as a temporary measure.
What on earth is going on. How did India lose its grip around this new coming of the COVID wave. Is COVID in India that bad really or is it just about absolute mismanagement. A sense of confusion is the folly of man but then true answers need to be sought.
But while one doesn’t really have any significant ones thus far, it can be said for certain that the impact of COVID in India is such that it is now affecting the wider world. Yes, you read that right.
Take the statement from the World Health Organization’s Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, “The virus doesn’t respect borders, or nationalities, or age, or sex or religion.”
Fact, isn’t it? Who can ever stop the free-flow of a contagion? Furthermore, here’s what Swaminathan added, “And what’s playing out in India now unfortunately has been played out in other countries.”
At the heart of the pandemic is a true statement of fact. And just what is it- well, the very realisation that ours is an interconnected world. The math related to the rise in infections is simple, it appears. How?
If a country is flooding with a high number of infections, then it will eventually spread to the other countries as well.
The BBC reported more on the matter and stated some fundamentals:
Even with travel restrictions, multiple tests and quarantine, infections can still leak out; and if a traveller has come from somewhere where the virus is very prevalent, they have a higher chance of taking the virus with them. On a recent flight from New Delhi to Hong Kong about 50 passengers tested positive for Covid-19.
But it must be noted that more trouble began in India with the arrival of what’s been termed the ‘double mutant!’ It’s medical name is B.1.617. That it causes two key mutations upon the spike of the virus is why it is called so.
The real trouble concerning this virus is that it’s been said, according to experts and researchers, that even antibodies cannot properly ward off the attack of this virus. Add to the fact that the antibodies are finding it hard to block off the virus, it’s also said to be more easily transmissible.
Now if that is not a sign of concern, then one wonders, what is?
Scientists at this point are busy finding just how much does it affect the immunity of the human body.
But all of that said, facts still prompt us to apply common sense and it dictates that the higher the number of COVID (cases) in a country, the more likely the chance for new variants of the virus to emerge.
And perhaps that’s what is hurting the core of India, i.e., a new variant of COVID in India!
To sum it up, while lockdowns and imposed restrictions will definitely contain the threat, timely and effective immunisation is the key at the end of the day.