The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a significant loss of life and poses an unprecedented threat to public health, food systems, and the workplace. Almost half of the world’s 3.3 billion workforces are at risk of losing their jobs. Workers in the informal economy are particularly vulnerable because they lack social protection and access to excellent health care, and they have lost access to the formal economy.
Millions of agri-food workers suffer from working poverty, hunger, and bad health. They are subjected to a lack of safety and labor protection, as well as various forms of maltreatment. Migrant agricultural laborers are especially susceptible due to dangers in their transportation, working, and housing situations. The government must broaden social protection to achieve universal health care.
The World Health Organization has issued a warning about the impact of the Corona Virus pandemic outbreak on nations already struggling with humanitarian crises or catastrophes. Nations are required to respond quickly to the disaster while ensuring that humanitarian and rehabilitation aid reaches those in most need. Now is the time for global solidarity and assistance, particularly for the most vulnerable.
COVID-19 and How it Affected our Indian Society and Economy
The Covid-19 pandemic is a social and economic catastrophe as well as a health issue, and its severe and far-reaching consequences are being felt all over the world.
The social and economic repercussions of the epidemic are numerous and varied, ranging from school closures to destroyed businesses and millions of lost jobs. Covid-19 has the potential to exacerbate disparities throughout the world, as well as stymie progress on global poverty and sustainable energy.
The greatest strategy is to prevent harm from occurring by using diagnostics, treatments, and vaccinations wherever they are needed. This will be a drop in the bucket compared to the massive economic damage the epidemic is generating every week.
Schools were shuttered throughout the world to halt the spread of the illness. Almost half of the world’s kids are still affected by school closures a year after the epidemic began. In certain nations, millions of girls may never return, placing them in danger of adolescent pregnancy, child marriage, and abuse.
Businesses shuttered as well, resulting in the loss of 255 million full-time employees in 2020 in terms of working hours. Workers in the informal economy, young people, and women are among the most impacted. Any economic recovery will almost certainly be unequal, resulting in further inequality in the years ahead.
Women have been hurt more economically by the epidemic since they make up a substantial part of the workforce in Covid-19-affected industries like lodging and food services, as well as in front-line jobs like health and social care.
They have had to take on extra care obligations at home as a result of school closures. The epidemic threatens to undermine decades of gains on gender equality, whether through job losses or school closures.
Corona Virus pandemic has also slowed clean energy growth, at least momentarily, by limiting investments and delaying the deployment of renewable energy technology.
All About the New COVID-19 Delta Variant
Delta, a highly infectious form of the coronavirus, is sweeping the United States and the rest of the world. In the United States, the delta variation contributes to 25% of new Covid-19 cases. According to experts, it is on pace to become the most common strain of the virus circulating in the country. Delta was initially discovered in India, and it has now spread to other nations.
- Why is it a concern?
In May, the World Health Organization designated the delta variation as a “variant of concern.” When there is more evidence that a variation is more transmissible, produces more severe disease, or affects the efficacy of vaccinations or therapies, the designation is utilized. Although investigations are underway, public health experts have stated that the variation might be 40 to 60 percent more transmissible than the alpha version.
- What are the symptoms of the Delta variant?
Researchers in the United Kingdom have discovered a change in symptoms that may be linked to the delta variation. Headache, sore throat, runny nose, and fever are currently the most prevalent Covid-19 symptoms. It’s unclear why cold-like symptoms are becoming more common, or whether there’s a relationship to the delta. The consequences of such a shift, if it occurs, are likewise unknown.
- Are the vaccines effective against the COVID-19 Delta variant?
The vaccine developed by Moderna is effective against the delta form, according to the company. The findings were based on blood samples from persons who had been completely vaccinated and indicated that they had developed protective antibodies against many of the circulating variations. Most scientists believe that those who have been completely vaccinated are unlikely to be in danger.
COVID-19 Aid to India in Time of Crisis
Russia was one of the first nations to reach out with medical assistance. Russian President Vladimir Putin promised aid to India in the form of emergency humanitarian help. Russia deployed two flights carrying some 20 tonnes of medical supplies on board. The consignment involved 75 lung ventilation equipment, 20 oxygen concentrators, 200,000 packs of medicines, 150 bedside monitors, and other important pharmaceutical items.
Just as India helped the US when they were in a tough situation last year, the Biden administration has determined to assist India, most recently by sending seven planes full of oxygen and oxygen-related equipment, PPE kits, therapeutic medicine, and rapid diagnostic tests.
India also redirected one of its orders of critical vaccine manufacturing supplies, which will enable India to make over 20 million extra doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. In total, the US government, US companies, state governments, and private citizens have offered around $500 million worth of Covid-19 aid to India.
The latest crisis has only strengthened India’s commitment to work together against the Corona Virus pandemic. Countries around the world rushed to help India with therapeutic/diagnostic equipment and critical medical supplies. COVID-19 has a particularly negative impact on countries that are currently coping with humanitarian crises or catastrophes. It’s important to respond quickly to the epidemic while also ensuring that humanitarian and rehabilitation aid reaches those who need it most.