Safety, Survival and battles with COVID 19

(Credit: Unsplash)

This article was exclusively written for The European Sting by Ms. Prarthana RK Mahale, a second year medical student at GMERS Medical College, Valsad in Gujarat (India). She is affiliated with the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.

COVID pandemic puts 34 million population ‘on the very edge of famine’ “ – read the headline of the news as the COVID wave was menacing the health of people, raising a critical question- ‘Have we really understood and accepted previously implemented regulations or are we still not impacted?’.

The easiest answer to this question is No. The earliest outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 was met with huge drawbacks of lack of infrastructure, planning, improper rules and improper implementations. But coming this far off through this pandemic and having studied and researched a lot more in terms of this virus , we still lack the understanding of one main issue – acceptance of required precautions .

The society still encounters several people rejecting the existence of such an outbreak while there are many who still find wearing protective equipment like masks , face shields or using hand sanitizers as corporate propaganda. The end of the second phase marked reopening of schools, public places, international and national travels which only resulted in increased carelessness of people around. As the 2021 prediction of the stoppage of this outbreak met its pitfall, several countries marked a sudden and worsened outbreak situation causing re- implementation of night curfews and lockdowns, which is yet again frowned upon by people who feel ‘the system’ is forcing them to stay inside.

As the infrastructure crumbles down at the weight of multiplying needs of ventilators, oxygen supply and sanitation, the health professionals who have been working tirelessly to enhance survival are finding themselves in deep waters as the common man revolts their attempts misled by the loopholes in the management and the politics.

As the first wave prompted quarantining, lockdowns and closing down public places the third wave stands in raising ethical questions of survival with struggling income, demanding the need to stop complete lockdowns across the world. This could be understood by the reality in numbers as  the early days of the crisis last March, 813,000 payroll jobs have disappeared(bbc news) impacting the global picture. As the global economy dwindles down, the differences between developed and developing nations appear to be increasing in its intensity. Several nations are still keeping up with complete lockdowns met by yet more agitation especially from businesses while others are facing backlash for not implementing proper lockdown methods.

With the research and discovery of vaccinations for Novel Coronavirus, the healthcare system faced another huge hurdle of speculations surrounding the vaccine that led to slowing down of worldwide vaccination programs.

As a human witness to one of the worst outbreaks of its decade, humanity seems to be divided amongst the people understanding the repercussions of their actions hence following proper safety measures while others find themselves ignoring the plight of the world around them.

But the silver lining in these hard times is witnessing different communities , healthcare providers and other pillars of society coming forward to save lives.

About the author

Prarthana RK Mahale, a second year medical student at GMERS Medical College, Valsad in Gujarat(India), is a member of MSAI and IFMSA. She is a published author with a cause and believes in educating people around and bringing awareness to society. Her mantra as a medical student is ‘Saving lives above all’ and she is on a mission to provide equal healthcare facilities and education for every human, as it’s the way to supreme peace across boundaries.

the sting Milestones

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

Protecting European consumers: Safety Gate efficiently helps take dangerous COVID-19 products off the market

EU trade agreements deliver on growth and jobs, support sustainable development

European Youth Event 2016 – bridge between youth and policy makers

Civilians ‘must never be a target,’ says UN in Afghanistan, amid troubling number of casualties during Ramadan

Digital business is Europe’s best hope to get back to growth

Australia urged to evacuate offshore detainees amid widespread, acute mental distress

Strict alcohol laws which cut intake more than 40 per cent in Russia, linked to historically high life expectancy

Unemployment and exclusion brings EU cities to boiling point

Cyber-Risk Assessments: the vaccine for companies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Why the global trade of chemicals is key to COVID-19 recovery

These are the world’s best universities by subject

ISIS fighters fleeing Mosul for Syria can topple Assad. Why did the US now decide to uproot them from Iraq?

If we want to solve climate change, water governance is our blueprint

EU revengefully shows no mercy to Cameron by demanding a fast and sloppy Brexit now

Turkey presents a new strategy for EU accession but foreign policy could be the lucky card

The EU Parliament sidesteps the real issues about banks, while the US target the Eurozone lenders

These scientists are using sound waves to filter plastic fibres from washing machine wastewater

State aid: Commission approves € 1.6 billion Polish scheme to compensate companies for damages suffered due to coronavirus outbreak and provide liquidity support

How climate change can be addressed through executive compensation

North Korea missile tests ‘deeply troubling’: senior UN official

A Young student assesses the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)

How we planted more than 5,000 trees during the COVID-19 pandemic

Draghi cuts the Gordian knot of the Banking Union

‘Democratic aspirations of the Sudanese people’ must be met urges Guterres, following military removal of al-Bashir from power

5G security: Member States report on progress on implementing the EU toolbox and strengthening safety measures

These are the ‘positive’ tipping points that could slow global warming

EU Budget: A Reform Support Programme and an Investment Stabilisation Function to strengthen Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

African cooperation on peace ‘increasingly strong’, Security Council told

Why the Greeks forgave Tsipras’ pirouettes around austerity and voted again for SYRIZA

Who can compel Wallonia to unlock CETA, the EU-Canada free trade pack?

EU adopts €55 million support package for Syrian refugees and local communities in Jordan and Lebanon to mitigate coronavirus pandemic

Eurobarometer survey: Majority of EU citizens positive about international trade

Social, cultural diversity ‘an enormous richness, not a threat’ Guterres declares calling on investment for a harmonious future

Plastic waste from Western countries is poisoning Indonesia

EU at UNGA 76: working together to address global challenges

Atomic agency cites concerns over Iran testing sites, offers COVID-19 assistance

EU-China Leaders’ meeting: Delivering results by standing firm on EU interests and values

ILO’s Bureau for Employers´Activities to publish new study on women in business and management

Yemen: ‘A great first step’ UN declares as aid team accesses grain silo which can feed millions

Kids who live in the countryside have better motor skills, a study in Finland has found

Taxation: Commission refers Poland to Court for failing to remove certain tax exemptions on the use of energy products by highly polluting businesses

This project is using AI and drones to track and protect great white sharks

The global issue of migration in 2017

High anxiety calls for innovation in digital mental health

An alternative to the future of antimicrobial therapy

IMF: How To Deal With Failed Banks

World’s most powerful tidal turbine pumps out greener electricity in Scotland

Coronavirus fears may have driven over 300,000 UK smokers to quit

On the Global Day of Parents, UNICEF is urging support for parents to give children ‘the best start in life’

The dangers of data: why the numbers never tell the full story

COVID-19 shows why we must build trust in digital financial services

Can a Bavarian Oktoberfest beer indulger bring down the Berlin government?

Combatting antisemitism requires ‘solidarity in the face of hatred’, says UN chief

EU’s new sanctions on Russia into force “in the next few days”: strength, weakness or strategy?

EU to set up new European Partnerships and invest nearly €10 billion for the green and digital transition

Courage of terrorism survivors underlines ‘urgency’ of UN Investigative Team’s work in Iraq

Women-Friendly Spaces for Rohingya refugees: A place for protection and care

Plans to keep EU budget funding in 2020 in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Most US students aren’t learning about climate change. Parents and teachers think they should

GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas

More Stings?

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: