People are forced to stay home, millions have lost their jobs, and economies are in shambles
It has been six months since the pandemic began but, according to the World Health Organization, the Covid-19 pandemic is “far from over.”
This should come as no surprise, considering the fact that most countries, including our own, have failed to respond effectively and on time when they realized what has happening, and allowed for the coronavirus to essentially take over normal life, with over 10 million confirmed cases and more than half a million people dead.
With that, we have the so-called “new normal,” where people are forced to stay home, millions have lost their jobs, and economies are in shambles.
And, even then, we see authorities, who should prioritize the health of their citizens above else, fail to do so, leading to confusion amongst the people which has only served to make the situation worse -- when coupled with mismanagement and a lack of incentives and a proper plan, there is little doubt why number of cases have continued to rise across the world.
According to the director-general of WHO, some of the things countries must prioritize include empowering people to protect themselves through physical distancing and suppression of virus transmission, ensuring tracing and quarantining of contacts.
Nowhere is this advice more important than in Bangladesh, which now currently stands at 18 in the world in terms of the number of confirmed cases, with at least 141,000 people affected.
All our efforts must be focused on saving lives, first and foremost, and that cannot happen with half-hearted measures and occasional laxities which allow for the virus to spread.
We must prioritize people’s health and do everything we can to ensure that people are protected, and that following health directives does not come at a severe cost.