The wide spread of the deadly coronavirus has taken the world aback. With over 7 lakh infected people and over 30,000 deaths, this pandemic is surely turning out to be devastating. Moreover, the speed at which it is spreading is also threatening. Countries around the world are taking the precautionary measures such as lockdown, travel bans, etc. However, the fact is that apart from some exceptions, the world has not been able to contain the spread of the disease.
There is a sense of fear about the virus among the people. To be realistic, you must take care of yourselves, but should not get bogged down in situations like this. Tougher the situation gets, you should also accommodate yourselves with it. So, here are the 10 intense pandemic quotes that will make you think about the disease from different perspectives.
1. Mortality Rate is often Low
Though this pandemic is threatening, but the world has seen several much more deadly pandemics before also. So, be patient and don’t panic.
“Even the pandemic flu of 1918 only killed one to two percent of the people who were infected” – Anthony Fauci, American Physician and Immunologist
2. Humanity on the line
During a pandemic, not only people of specific country or a region, all the people around the world are under the severe threat along with the humanity.
“After all it really is all of humanity that is under threat during a pandemic.” – Margaret Chan, Canadian-Chinese Physician
3. Health is a key to Development
For the development of any country, there are several factors that have to be considered and health is one such factor we can’t ignore at any cost.
“That the AIDS pandemic is threatening sustainable development in Africa only reinforces the reality that health is at the center of sustainable development.” – Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian Politician
4. Connectivity can be a Curse
Over the years, with the advancements in technologies, the world is coming closer and more people are getting interconnected. However, in case of pandemics, this can turn out to be a curse.
“The worst pandemic in modern history was the Spanish flu of 1918, which killed tens of millions of people. Today with how interconnected the world is, it would spread faster.” – Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft.
5. Ignorance can be Brutal
As much as you ignore the disease, more chances are that it would hit you hard. Ignorance to the pandemics is actually a problem across several regions.
“I had been an activist on the issue of HIV. Primarily in the African American and the Latino communities here in the US for many years. It was horrifying to me how the pandemic was raging right here in this country but no one was talking about it.” – Gloria Reuben, Canadian Actress.
6. Countries must be ready for such Calamities
Countries around the world must prepare a plan to counter such a calamity if it arrives. Proper planning may reduce the upcoming threat up to an extent.
“All the countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans. Countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness or severe pneumonia.” – Margaret Chan, Canadian-Chinese Physician.
7. Precaution is better than Cure
Rather than reacting to the pandemics, if we could take the necessary health precautions before its spread, it can be essential to dampen the confronting threat.
“If we can provide even a few months of early warning for just one pandemic, the benefits will outweigh all the time and energy we are devoting. Imagine preventing health crises, not just responding to them.” – Nathan Wolfe, American Virologist
8. Unity is Strength
In the pandemic scenarios, it is important how ready and united we are to fight against the same. Pandemics cannot be fought by individual countries, the whole world needs to unite in such a crisis.
“Without equity, pandemic battles will fail. Viruses will simply recirculate, and perhaps undergo mutations or changes that render vaccines useless, passing through the unprotected populations of the planet.” – Laurie Garrett, American Science Journalist.
9. Beware of People spreading Rumors
There are such people in every community who are always ready to spread rumors. These rumors are often much more dangerous than the disease itself. So don’t be a victim of such rumors.
“In every community, there are a number of social super spreaders among us. Long suspected and emphatically confirmed by our data, these people are who- through dint of their job, or lifestyle or perhaps even genetic makeup- would be more dangerous in the instance of a pandemic than the average person.” – Hannah Fry, renowned Mathematician
10. The Consequences last longer
Sometimes, even if the pandemic is dampened in a short period of time, its impacts on the whole world, the economy, the healthcare systems last longer.
“If a severe pandemic materializes, all of society could pay a heavy price for decades of failing to create a rational system of healthcare that works for all of us.” – Irwin Redlener, American Pediatrician.
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