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COVID-19 Has Impacted Human Existence Globally. Here’s How.

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As is implied in the name COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease and 19 represents the year of its occurrence. Coronavirus is a single-stranded RNA virus with a diameter ranging from 80 to 120 mm. The COVID-19 pandemic is deliberated as the most decisive global health mishap of the century, and the greatest one that humankind has faced since the 2nd World War. In December 2019, a new transmittable respiratory disease emerged in Wuhan, China and was named by the World Health Organization as COVID-19, a new class of coronavirus.


Coronavirus spread around the world, with 2,235,609 people infected and 155,446 dead. Across the globe, people are being urged to self-isolate to prevent the spread of the virus, and China’s death toll is at 4,632, where the disease originated. Italy is another hot-spot for the virus, with the total number of infected people at 172,434. Cases and deaths have slowed in China, but more cases are breaking out around the world. Now, Spain’s death toll has also surpassed China’s, with 20,019 to have died in Spain while infections in the country have reached 191,994. Since the virus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, outbreaks have been confirmed in more than 100 countries and territories.

How Does It Spread?

Several health specialists believe that coronavirus instigated in bats or pangolins. The first transmission to humans was in Wuhan, China. Meanwhile, the virus has frequently spread through contact. When people with COVID-19 exhale out or cough, they eject tiny dews that encompass the virus. These dewdrops can enter the mouth or nose of someone without the virus, triggering a contagion to occur. The most common way that this illness spreads is through close contact with someone who has the infection. Nearby six feet distance can cause this infection.

In terms of its impact on human existence at a vast level, all the dimensions of human life have been affected, such as social, mental, physical, social, economical. As we have face this calamity worldwide, we need to understand its impact on work and the direction in which the situation improves for us:

  • The mental effect of COVID-19 This traumatic condition brought by COVID has rendered it impossible for us to meet our friends or go on trips that enlighten our lives. All forms of fun have been at a standstill due to COVID. We have not been going to colleges, universities and workplaces, and this creates loneliness, fear, worries, anxiety and disorders and suicidal thoughts.
  • The political impact of COVID: COVID-19 influences all the countries at a political level as well. The work of development in each country is slowing down due to various restrictions, which influences policy-making and implementation of policy among citizens.
  • Physical influences: COVID-19 pandemic has also prescribed numerous constraints on daily living, comprising social distancing, isolation and home incarceration. An international online survey was launched in April 2020 in seven languages to reveal the behavioural characteristics and standard of living consequences of COVID-19 restrictions. The survey showed that an undesirable lifestyle and diet schedule had increased during this period, and nonexistence of physical activity had also invited obesity and allied health issues.
  • Economic effect: COVID impacts all the sectors such as education, health, retail, finance, and so on so forth. The financial situation has already started crashing, and all the economic activity has been impacted. This crisis affected both the demand and the supply sides of the market, with the virus interrupting the manufacturing flows of the market.
  • Social Influence: The emergence of COVID-19 as a public health emergency by the World Health Organization has led to several precautionary measures such as quarantines, social distancing or in some circumstances complete lockdown in regions or countries around the world. It is affecting societies and economies at their core. Abnormal behaviour due to insecurity has increased. Because of social distancing, people are treating each other with an abnormality, which leads to an embarrassing situation. Isolation and depression have also increased daily.
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How Can COVID-19 Be Cured?

We can classify COVID treatment in two terms

  • Precaution

If you are not affected by COVID-19, follow some rules to protect yourself further:

  • Clean your hands often
  • Use soap and water to clean your hand
  • Maintain a safe distance
  • Wear a mask
  • Stay home if you feel unwell
  • If you have a high fever or severe cough, seek medical care
  • Treatment

A study was initiated after the realization that COVID-19 disease includes the formation of life-threatening blood clots. These clots can cause heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure. Everyone should keep a healthy lifestyle at home. Maintain a nutritious diet, sleep, stay active, and make social dealings with loved ones through the phone or internet. Children need additional love and attention from adults throughout demanding times. Keep to regular schedules and plans as much as conceivable.


To conclude, I would like to say that this is undoubtedly a hard time, but it too shall pass, and till then we need to keep patience and adoption precautions, and more importantly, we should never feel selfish towards others. We need to keep us away from the illness but not from the patient. We must shower our love and care on a patient while keeping ourselves safe and secure. This epidemic impacted all the parameters of human existence.

Still, we humans are blessed with strength and courage and can come out from this substantial natural calamity. So, be blissful and light and keep yourselves involved in creativity, and confront all the issues by a smile on your face.

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