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Fight Covid-19, but not at the cost of other diseases

Coronavirus is important but it is more important to put the pandemic in the right perspective, certainly not at the cost of non-Corona diseases. We have a corona pandemic on the one hand and non-Corona diseases on the other.

First, we have been either casual or in panic in terms of our response to the spread of the virus. Maybe the news about fatalities and uncertain future has contributed to this panic. Maybe the different ways the virus is affecting people in terms of intensity and fatality could be the reason. For many, it is no more than the common flu or even milder, but for some, it has proved fatal.

Covid-19 is under control in many countries and so will it be here. We now know a lot more about how to manage this disease. There will be a treatment and there will be a vaccine in the near future. One needs to see the pandemic in the right perspective, then the numbers will not panic you: the number of corona cases in India – 2.84 million; Recoveries among Covid-19 patients surged to 21 lakh pushing recovery rate; Only 0.28% people of 6,86,395 active cases are on ventilator support; Only 1.92% are in ICU; 2.62% are on oxygen support; Covid mortality rate has declined to 1.89%.

The ‘cardiac capital’ and the ‘diabetes capital’ of the world, India was considered a fertile breeding ground for the pandemic. Our population was seemingly more susceptible to the impact of the Novel Coronavirus, due to a high number of people suffering from lung diseases, heart diseases, diabetes, malnutrition-related conditions, among many other ailments.

The practice of physical distancing was almost impossible feat considering that on an average every, every sixth Indian lives in slums with high population densities, poor environmental sanitation and overcrowded, poor medical infrastructure. In totality, when the pandemic began, predictions were a recipe for disaster.

While India reported its first Coronavirus case within a seven-day window of Italy, the UK, Germany or Spain finding theirs, its case and fatality trajectory has been much slower that its counterparts.

Though India is now the third most infected country in the world, with a 12% contribution to global cases, the contribution to the global deaths at 7% remains relatively low—a figure which was unexpected for the second most populated country with a rather weak health infrastructure.

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