Corona: wound of infection, loss of death, period of panic  



Dr. Mahfuz Parvez, Associate Editor, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Corona opened its poisonous claws in Wuhan, China in December 2019. On January 11, 2020, after several days of suppression, China announced the death of the first person in Corona. On January 13, it was heard that Corona's attack had also started in Thailand.

The world's leading corona-infected country, the United States, died on February 29. On March 11, Corona was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The death toll from corona in the United States at the beginning of March was less than fifty. Even then people were coming and going freely from Europe and some parts of Asia. Meanwhile, the students got spring break. The joyous parties began with unbounded pleasure. There were lots of mixing. As a result, the corona spread at a great speed.

In Peru in April that fifty was five thousand. And then it touched about twenty-five thousand. The highest number of deaths was in New York. Most of the victims are black people who have been given food. Assistance has been provided for the unemployed and homeless. The 2 trillion 'Corona Virus Aid Package' had been passed, bringing some financial relief to the common man and small and large businesses. The vaccine has already arrived. The pace of the ongoing preventive war against the pandemic had largely shifted to the people.

As of Tuesday (October 12), Johns Hopkins University reports that 238,346,847 people have been infected with corona worldwide and 4,859,112 have died. According to Bangladesh IEDCR sources, 15,63,501 people were infected and 27,713 died. The number is expected to rise further in December, two years after the outbreak of the Corona pandemic.

Jonathan Quick, an American physician, is a man involved in reading about the pandemic, its remedies and various projects. His book (co-authored by Brownwin Fryer), The End of Epidemics: The Looming Threat to Humanity and How to Stop It, was published in 2019. "We are all afraid to die," he wrote. Overwhelmed by the fear of the pandemic, we want to put the blame on someone else. Whenever there is a threat, it is the ‘they’ who do not think we are exactly ‘us’. When the Spanish flu broke out in 1918, the Americans blamed the Huns (Germans). The blame for AIDS fell on homosexuals. It is believed that the reason for this curse is that they are different. The most contagious thing that attacks the political leaders, the merchants, the common people beyond the real disease is panic. Panicked people exaggerate themselves in the news, raising their concerns. Panic is actually a precautionary measure that alerts us to potential dangers, as in the case of an animal. Whenever we let it overwhelm our reasoning, it gets more and more confusing. "

Not everyone is the same. In The Psychology of Pandemics: Preparing for the Next Global Outbreak of Infectious Disease (published: 2019), psychologist Steven Taylor writes differently: "Many people can cope with trauma. It doesn't have a lasting impression. But it is certain that many people will be terrified of the next pandemic, some of which will have a very high level of it. Psychological trauma or psychological 'footprint' will be more than traumatic trauma. "

What happened in Ebola as well as in West Africa during 2014-15 did not match the level of panic that arose with the number of pandemics. The United States was also alarmed, although the chances of infection were very low or negligible.

Corona will one day be cut off, as many pandemics of the past have been removed. But the wounds of the victim, the loss of death, the fear of terror will not cut through people's lives and minds very easily. People's lives and livelihoods will undoubtedly change into a clear division between 'before corona' and 'after corona'. This can be said in the light of the various types of research that is constantly being done around the world on the effects and effects of the Corona pandemic. These issues are becoming clear in the research. This includes accounts of financial gains and losses due to corona, various health issues, as well as mental issues. Researchers also say that the world's average life expectancy has dropped dramatically due to global Covid.

So much thought and research about Corona is not being unreasonable. Because the death toll from the coronavirus has already surpassed the death toll from various global pandemics in the past. Millions of people are suffering from the next reaction after being infected. Not only that, this is for the first time since World War II that the average life expectancy has dropped dramatically.

This important information was found in a study by Oxford University. The average life expectancy of men in the United States, the world's top affected country by corona, has dropped by almost two years, researchers say. In addition, the average life expectancy of Covid has decreased in European countries and several countries in South America.

Oxford conducted the survey in a total of 29 countries. University researchers from 22 countries have found evidence in support of this claim to reduce life expectancy. The survey was conducted in a comparative trial with 2019. The study found that corona outbreaks have led to a worrying decline in life expectancy in 2020.

Meanwhile, the whole world has been fighting with Corona for almost 2 years. Corona has a strong presence in South Asia as well as in Europe and America. From time to time new waves of viruses and new species of viruses are spreading all over the world. But hopefully, over the last two years, many people have developed antibodies in their bodies fighting corona. That antibody is making people stronger in the fight against corona. Vaccines are playing a special collaborative role in the ongoing war against Corona.

The coronavirus, the most widespread and deadly global pandemic in the history of the world and human civilization in the twenty-first century, has changed the nature of society and civic life. The nature of human society has changed. Just as the desolate streets cried out when all the people were suddenly under house arrest, so did the many warnings come to life. Market places, crowded tourist spots often seem haunted by the movement of a few people. Many cities have become alive or half-alive. Countless people have lost their jobs or been forced to change their profession. The footsteps of the financial crisis have been heard in many countries.

Corona has forced the world to learn a lot. It has changed the way of life and daily life. In Europe, instead of shaking hands, boys now greet each other on foot. The practice of greeting women with cheeks will probably come to an end. Social interactions, chats, hustle and bustle, travel, transportation, etc. have also undergone extensive transformation and control.

Corona will one day leave the world, but many socially conventional behaviors may be completely forgotten. Masks and sanitizers will be the main items of daily use. Many people will suffer from corona. Many families will be saddened by the loss of relatives. Lower and middle class people will breathe a sigh of relief. Most importantly, the stagnant captive years in Corona will never be found again. The average life expectancy of a person who has been reduced in Corona may not increase again very easily. In fact, the life of the earth and human beings will be clearly divided and differentiated under the headings of 'before Corona' and 'after Corona', the remnants of which will remain in the wake of Corona's wounds, death, terror.