Coronavirus Outbreak: A global Emergency
The recent outbreak of Coronavirus named 2019-nCoV has started doing the damage to the economy worldwide. The outbreak has resulted into shutting down of the cities and isolation of people. The virus is being spread over the world at a faster rate, the worrying question is how long it will last? The studies show that the virus stays dormant for over two weeks – that is if somebody gets infected, the symptoms do not show. Though the mortality rate is low, but at the same time the fear of contagion is high.
What factors have resulted into the faster movement of this virus at global level? With the recent advancement in the science and technology, the global movement of people is massive and this is why the movement of the virus is so fast. As of now, the virus has now been reached to more than 100 countries. It has infected around 1,20,000 people globally, killing more than 4,000 of them. Due to faster movement of the virus, the governments are stepping in; closing doors for incoming travellers. Several nations have started closing schools, colleges, universities, public events in a bid to stop the spreading of the virus, and also has entered into countrywide lock down.
Several nations have started closing schools, colleges, universities, public events in a bid to stop the spreading of the virus, and also has entered into countrywide lock down.
US President Donald Trump has declared the coronavirus outbreak a national emergency on 13th March 2020. More than 1800 people have been tested positive for the virus in the United States and at least 41 have been died, according to the New York Times. Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, has decided to describe the coronavirus outbreak as a pandemic on 11th March 2020. The declaration comes after a 13-fold rise in the number of cases outside China in the past two weeks, and a trebling of countries affected.
Researchers have been working rapidly since the outbreak came into light in January to characterize the virus, work out why it is so infectious, find out where it came from and help with diagnosing the infection. But, the route of 2019-nCoV is not yet clear. Even as scientists work out the details, the fact is that we are beginning to see more zoonotic diseases. These are diseases that are getting transferred from animals to humans. The breaking of boundaries between animal and human habitats will lead to more such outbreaks. And in a world of globalisation, it will make the infection wildly contagious.
Globalisation has resulted into the inter dependence of the countries over each other in the modern world trade system. The reduction on the dependence is not an easy task looking at the world trade system. This is the time when we rethink about the idea of globalisation and start working on localisation.