The pandemic outbreak has shaken the world like a blitzkrieg. Everybody was caught off-guard and no amount of preparation was executed to prevent the pandemic from dispersing. From counted hospitalizations to the drastic rise of cases that are far beyond the expectation and preparation of the affected countries.
According to the data from the World Health Organization (WHO), pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan, China was first reported to the WHO Country Office in China on December 31, 2019. The WHO is working to gather and analyze data, provide prescription, advices, coordinate for medical partners, equipping the countries to prepare and expand networks to alleviate the rising cases of coronavirus.
The WHO announced that the coronavirus as “worldwide pandemic” and was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on January 30, 2020 which stirs alarming cases and added complexities from time to time to every nations that are fighting with the deadly virus.
From the end of March, the fatality rate suddenly rose leaving the medical practitioners gaga and exhausted. Although the virus had originated from Wuhan, China, countries like United States of America and Italy are on the lead with the most cases of the said deadly virus. From the end of April to mid-May, the curve is flattening for some countries which is slowly killing the pandemic, for instance in Vietnam.
Recently on the 2nd day of 73rd World Health Assembly last 19th of May which was held virtually- delegates adopted a landmark resolution that was co-sponsored by more than 130 countries and adopted consensus to bring the world together to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The resolution aims to intensify the efforts to prevent and have a control the pandemic and for equitable access and fair distribution of all necessary and beneficial health technologies and products to eradicate the coronavirus. It also entails for an independent and comprehensive evaluation of the global response and performance.
As Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany stated “It showed that virtually no country has been spared by this pandemic so no country can solve this problem alone. We must work together.”
The cases from some of the states of US appear to be dropping in as majority of the country takes to open their economies. For instance, New York, New Jersey, Missouri and Idaho.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated last Tuesday that the state’s outbreak has decreased as the number of fatality rate and new infection rate is depleting. There were 105 fatalities reported on Monday, which had the same number of deaths on March 26. Hence, an average of 800 people lost their lives a day at the peak of state’s outbreak in late March and April.
“Were basically back to where we started before this tragedy descended upon us” he stated.
Gov. Cuomo also announced that there are decreasing numbers of hospitalizations, net change in intubations and daily new cases of Covid-19 are all declined.
“Look how fast the incline is, how steep that incline is and look at how relatively that decline is. You can get into trouble quickly with this virus and it takes you a longer time to turn that curve and turn that infection rate. So don’t let a spike happen in the first place.” Cuomo said while stating the hospitalization rate chart in the state. As of the moment, New York is now working toward reopening specific regions of the state.
A light was shed to the New Jersey which hits second in the country to New York with the most number of cases (143,700) and fatality (11,000+). New cases per 100,000 people dropped almost 38% this past week, from 25 cases per 100,000 to about 16. With the stricter and longest enduring stay-at-home orders, the operation of business establishments and few non-essential things were open such as parks and golf-courses.
On Missouri, the cases dropped at 35% these past few weeks, from nearly 4 cases per 100,000 to 2.6. Business establishments were re-opened, provided with social distancing guidelines while the indoor retail businesses will limit their customers with 25% capacity.
The same case also happening in the state of Idaho, the cases dropped at 35% these past few weeks, from nearly 1.6 cases per 100,000 to 1.1. Idaho’s stay at home was called off last May 1 and the majority of the businesses were allowed to operate.