According to WHO chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, this pandemic is considered a ‘once-in-a-century health crisis’, and its effects might still be apparent in the decades to come, BGR reported.
Even if vaccines will be available, it was predicted that the coronavirus is here to stay in the next few decades. Remember that once the vaccines have been approved, it is not immediately that it will be ready for public immunization. It can take at least months to start the campaign.
Take note that the initial supply of the vaccines might not be able to meet the global demands. Come to think of it; we need at least 15 Billion doses to cover the world’s population. And as we already know, there are also people who will resist vaccines, and there are some who are situated in extremely remote areas. Having said that, it will take years before a massive percentage will be vaccinated against the virus.
Long terms effects of the coronavirus
The pandemic has affected most, if not all areas of our lives. Those who were infected and survived from the virus could potentially harbor future health conditions. This includes cardiac issues, lung transplant, and loss of smell, among many others. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Apparently, our economy took a hard punch. It will take years before most of us can recover from financial burdens. The education might pause in some regions as well. And our mental health (infected or not) will be greatly affected.
The vaccine development, according to WHO, is at record speed. But then again, until such time that it is available to the public, we have to take necessary precautions.
Lifestyle change this pandemic
Slowly, we see that the way of life has changed in some countries. Companies now welcome work-from-home setup. Non-essential establishments remain closed in the meantime. E-commerce or online shopping has boomed more than ever.
And while there is no perfect way to deal with this pandemic, we encourage that we think of ways to become more productive. Idle minds are usually the breeding ground for unnecessary thoughts that can worsen our emotions towards this pandemic.
How to fight coronavirus
We have to use whatever we can so we can avoid the spread of coronavirus. For the longest time, experts have been reminding us to pratice good hand hygiene. Wash it properly or have a hand sanitizer readily available.
Social distancing is still recommended. And it is unfortunate that other people do not take this seriously. In fact, they still hold parties and big celebrations which put more people in danger.
The Philippines and the frontliners
In the Philippines, the frontliners have already spoken. The number of coronavirus patients every single day is too much for them to handle. We do understand the risk involved and the lack of resources which heightens their challenge.
The best thing we can do is to stay at home if possible, improve our health holistically and support people on the battlefield.
Like Spanish influenza, this too will be over. But as to the question ‘when’, no one really knows. And so we have to learn how to adapt and still thrive during this health crisis.