Challenges and Threats due to Deadly Corona Virus in India and Dealing it with Social Vaccine (distancing) - the Only Weapon

  • SN Sharma National Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health & FW, Govt. of India, 22 Sham Nath Marg, Delhi, India. https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8569-1661
  • Sujeet Kumar Singh National Centre for Disease Control, Ministry of Health & FW, Govt. of India, 22 Sham Nath Marg, Delhi, India.
Keywords: Social Distancing (Vaccine), Covid-19, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), Syndrome-related Corona Viruses (SARSr-CoV)

Abstract

The whole world is, presently, reeling under a serious crisis due to wide spread of a very unique and deadly corona virus. It is said to have originated from China and spread over more than 200 countries across the world. There have been reports of high mortality and morbidity in China, Spain, Italy, USA, UK and France due to wide spread of this dangerous and contagious disease. Unfortunately, this war is being fought by the frontline warriors i.e. doctors, nurses, health workers, sanitary staff but, with no real weapon presently, as no drug or vaccine has been found effective to deal with this deadly virus. The spread/ transmission cycle is very fast due to its very highly contagious nature and fast multiplication. Though, India has made all concerted efforts from the very beginning with all proactive actions and preparedness to deal with the situation due to coronavirus, yet it is becoming a Challenging task in some hotspots due to lack of social distancing or lockdown by some people in the community. The first phase of lockdown in the whole country started on 25th March for 21 days in order to break down the chain of transmission. However, due to its spread in some hotspots, it has been extended for another 19 days so as to well control the clusters and to prevent further spread. In an address to the Nation, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon. Health Minister of India stressed the need of social distancing and lockdown as comprehensive strategy for prevention and break the chain of transmission for coronavirus and term social distancing as “social vaccine” besides other measures being taken for diagnosis and treatment. An attempt has been made in this manuscript to describe the challenges and threats caused by deadly corona virus in India with the benefits of social vaccine (distancing)-the only weapon to prevent and break the transmission.

How to cite this article:
Sharma SN, Singh SK. Challenges and Threats due to Deadly Corona Virus in India and Dealing it with Social Vaccine (distancing) - the Only Weapon. J Commun Dis 2020; 52(1): 7-13.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24321/0019.5138.202002

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Published
2020-04-30