If you are like me, you are probably trapped inside your home at this point, so are the rest of the world. This pandemic has gripped the world and tragically, left thousands dead.
However, coronavirus may be a good thing, that the world may benefit from. First, of, the coronavirus has a very low mortality rate. Among all the people who contract this virus, around 3% of those people die. And that is great news! Now, don’t get me wrong. One life lost is one life too many. But when we compare the mortality rate of other outbreaks like the 2003 SARS outbreak, which had a mortality rate of 15%, we are not looking too bad. Moreover, most experts believe that due to lapses in the testing process, the actual number of cases is higher than currently estimated. This makes the mortality rate even lower, with one study putting it around 1%. This pandemic was not unexpected. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has been warning us for years. The question for the next pandemic is not “if” it will happen, but rather, “when” it will happen. It’s inevitable. The coronavirus is not the last one. It’s not even the worst. Marburg virus has a mortality rate of 80%. The next outbreak will have a mortality rate around that. Truth be told, the coronavirus is a kick in the arse, that humanity needed for a long time. All these years, no country and no government had health care as a top priority. Heck, it wasn’t even a priority. India spends more money on building statues, than public health. That is one of the reasons why the coronavirus caught us hopelessly, hilariously unprepared. But now, with all the seriousness around public health, due to this outbreak, we are much better prepared to handle the next one. Not to mention the practical knowledge and experience doctors and scientists all over the world can gain from this outbreak, the logistical nightmare governments and corporations tackled to make sure there was no dearth of essential supplies.
Moreover, our knowledge of viruses, in general, will increase many folds due to this outbreak. Humanity will be better equipped to tackle the next outbreak. Sure, thousands of lives are being lost as of right now, but we will be able to save millions more in the future. And there is another slightly unexpected and, should I say weird, benefit from this whole incident. The world has finally learnt to wash their hands. And this might be the greatest tragedy of the coronavirus, that it took the death of thousands to finally teach the world about basic personal hygiene.
There are many more things I need to say, but this article is getting too long.
Part 2 coming soon…………….