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Covid-19: The Fight is Not Over Yet

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By The Editorial Team Updated: Feb 15, 2021 10:16 pm
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The number of Covid-19 cases are once again on the rise in metropolitans like Mumbai and Delhi. Upwards of 4000 new cases have been reported in Mumbai, while Delhi accounts for 1031 active corona cases with 394 patients under home isolation, two fatalities have also been reported in the capital. In Mumbai, restart of local train services has been cited as the main reason for the spike in Covid-19 cases; causes behind the fresh spike are yet to be ascertained in Delhi. But it is being assumed that in the national capital too, new cases may be the result of relaxation of strict health norms in place since the beginning of the pandemic. In both cases it is clear that caution has been thrown to the wind, disregarding the threat that this lethal virus carries.

According to virologists, corona has definitely been weakened but the threat is not over yet. This communicable virus may create havoc at any time if proper safety measures are not followed. It is feared that the virus is evolving rapidly resulting in new strains popping up across the globe. The lethal capacity of these new variants will be higher and it may also be capable of eluding the current clinical tests. The experts have warned that the SARS-Cov-2 virus, which has so far killed two million people worldwide, may take more lives in the near future if people deliberately violate primary measures like wearing masks, maintaining social distance and cleanliness to prevent the virus from spreading. Experts have warned that the virus is not a caged animal. So the people should not lower their guards.

To cage this infectious virus, virologists are of the opinion that vaccination drives must start all over the world at the earliest. Their advice is to vaccinate people as quickly as possible. But the advice has come with a rider. The experts are not sure whether vaccination will be able to eradicate the virus, as there is no certainty on the strength of immunity provided by the vaccines. Will it provide immunity for life or will it require annual shots like the flu? It may be mentioned here that the vaccine launched in England and South Africa did not achieve much success. In comparison, the vaccines being used in India seem to be more effective than a number of other vaccines being used elsewhere.

Thus, the people have to be cautious and remain vigilant to prevent further growth in the number of active Covid-19 cases. It is because of the cooperation of the people that India managed to combat this lethal virus creditably. Initially India was on the back foot as much was not known about the virus the . But with the progress of time, both the medical fraternity and the people gathered enough knowledge to tame it. As a result, the country has now started to limp back to normalcy. The economy is showing signs of a robust comeback after battling through a recession of nearly 25 per cent. People are being allowed to attend social gatherings and sporting events. By being careless, we cannot spill this golden chance to finish the menace that has been  Covid-19.

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By The Editorial Team Updated: Feb 15, 2021 10:16:02 pm