Writing a COVID 19 essay gives me an odd feeling. Right after the planet welcomed the year 2020, it was hit by a tragedy that has the potential to be one of the worst ever seen by human society. The coronavirus pandemic came as a surprise, but not without warning. Nonetheless, it has already changed the lives of millions of people. Aside from the medical risks, coronavirus disease (COVID-19) faces a slew of other threats, threatening to destabilize the global economy and transform into new ways, making any new discoveries on the fight against it ineffective. Healthcare crises rarely take the world community by a surprise, considering the current advancements and developments in technology and communication. The coronavirus disease or COVID-19 pandemic was, in fact, not an exception, as the first warnings the world has received about it came from China in November and December of 2019, right after the disease struck there (Ahmad et al. s73). Yet, such warnings were largely dismissed or even ignored, and by May of 2020, the world has already accounted for more than 200,000 confirmed infected over 20% of severe cases, and a nearly 3% death rate (Peos). Hence, it can be stated that the first danger of coronavirus was its unexpected status, which brought on many other hazards the world did not exactly face so far.
The medical dangers of the disease relate to its viral nature as well as the symptoms that tend to damage the human respiratory system, thus, threatening patients’ lives. Some of the most common symptoms include shortness of breath, heavy cough, high body temperature, and the loss of taste and scent senses. Yet, shortly after the outbreak, scientists have discovered a variety of other non-respiratory symptoms, which made the disease even harder to detect and trace (Lu et al.). Considering the growing number of deaths and the stable death and critical state rates, the disease poses an extremely high danger from a medical standpoint.
As the disease and subsequent pandemic came relatively unexpected, the only rational thing that the world’s governments could do was to isolate and distance people physically to keep the infection from spreading. This, however, had a strong and negative effect on the world’s economy, with China’s economy falling by about 5.5% as of May 2020, as well as billions of dollars lost across a number of industries and spent on anti-coronavirus efforts (Ahmad et al. s73-s74). At the same time, the estimates regarding the losses of air and travel industries are specifically unsettling. Some project that the industries may lose between $63 and $114 billion, with the stocks dropping by nearly 25% (Siddiquei and Khan e2169). Hence, the economic danger of coronavirus is, perhaps, the second largest.
The danger of COVID-19 did not become smaller even after some of the first vaccines were developed and announced. Just as the world got ready for winning this battle against the disease, Denmark has reported the confirmed cases of the new type of coronavirus named Cluster-5, which might resist the newly developed vaccines (Boyd). Hence, last but not the least, the final hazard of coronavirus lies in its adaptability and, hence, the ability to largely challenge the state of innovation in the world.
Coronavirus disease, hence, is one of the greatest dangers that modern human civilization has faced so far. With its potential to damage human health critically and even cause death at a relatively high rate, the disease is primarily dangerous from a medical perspective. Secondly, the measures that are taken to keep the disease from spreading largely damage the economy on the international level, with the travel and transportation industries suffering the most. Finally, although the vaccine against the disease appears to be effective, the virus has managed its ability to evolve, thus, threatening the efficiency of such innovation. Hence, COVID-19 certainly cannot be ignored, and the world community should work together and make all possible efforts to stop the disease.
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