As coronavirus spreads in India with 80+ confirmed cases so far, people are rushing to medial stores to buy hand sanitizers and face masks for coronavirus and several IT companies closed their offices temporarily. But is this ‘Coronavirus in India’ panic really necessary?
Coronavirus, which is spreading panic across many parts of the world for the past few months, has reached India through affected foreigners visiting India and Indian citizens who caught the virus on the foreign land. The first case of coronavirus in India was reported on February 3 in Kerala where three medical students who had returned from Wuhan, China, were tested positive for coronavirus, they were treated and cured in one month. But the coronavirus outbreak is still at large in other parts of the world with more than 10,00,000 cases and 3000 deaths in nearly 100 countries so far.
A sudden panic has crept over India overnight as it has seen a swift increase in the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the past two days. But WHO (World Health Organization) releases a statement saying that there is no need to panic, as cases tested positive for coronavirus in India were because of citizens travelling abroad to the affected countries. This panic in India is also largely due to the rumours and misinformation spread via social media. People only highlight the affected cases whereas more than half of the cases were cured. In fact, the mortality rate of Covid-19 is only 3.4% according to the latest WHO estimates when compared to the mortality rate of dengue fever and malaria in India which is nearly 20%.
Although there is no vaccine yet, for coronavirus, it is still curable. Only elderly people, kids and people with low immunity power are susceptible to death from the coronavirus. Also, the Indian government has started universal screening for all passengers flying into the country from abroad for the virus at the airports besides testing people coming in through open borders. So, the panic for coronavirus in India is at this point not necessary. But this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take any necessary precautions to protect ourselves from the virus. we can still maintain our basic hygiene like washing our hands often, covering our mouth while sneezing, avoiding gathering at crowded places and most importantly rushing to a doctor as soon as possible if we feel sick.