Look at every face these days, one can see a hint of fear through them. The word corona has taken over the world with more fierceness than thought. The ultimate question that everyone wants an answer but is afraid to know the truth. Is India actually stepping to stage 3 of covid – 19 ?
Well, to know an exact answer for this, one needs to know the various stages of any pandemic and how it is calculated. World health organization has a fixed set of know hows in this regard and here is simplified form of stages.
Stage 1: Any pandemic spreads from epicenter to various parts of globe. With respect to Covid – 19, the epicenter is Wuhan of China from where it is spreading across the planet like wildfire. Whenever people in your country arrive from affected country and they turn positive after coming here, then the pandemic has set its foot and hence it is Stage 1.
Stage 2: After stage 1, every international passenger arriving in the country is screened without fail. Out of these, if one by third of these passengers test positive for the infection, then the country has reached stage 2. India, now is in this stage. And this stage shows that it is high time, the alert and shutdown should step in to stop further massacre.
Stage 3: This is when an entire community is affected and the infection spreads across without control. In this stage people who are no where connected to any international passenger turn positive for infection. This is when finding the source of the infection turns out a herculean task and the virus poses more threat to the community than anticipated by the health providers.
Stage 4: This is when and entire nation or area turns helpless. This is the stage of Italy now. The infection would have spread to majority of population and more than cure, one would have lost count of the patients. When burial grounds are bigger than hospitals.
Covid 19 is in various stages in different countries and every country on earth is trying hard to get rid of the virus. Hope is the only key left with the communities across the planet.