What is Corona Crisis?
We have tried to identify Corona Crisis in the line of social facets. The coronavirus outbreak came to light on December 31, 2019, then afterwards we have experienced how a small microorganism officially named as SARS-CoV-2 and the disease is now called COVID-19 by World Health Organisation (WHO), has created a pandemic situation and taken over 2,82,000 lives across the globe. The coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic is the defining global health crisis of present time and the greatest challenge the human race has faced since World War II.
In India, almost 68,000 people are suffering (as on May 11, 2020), death has been recorded close to 1900, including children. Situation of West Bengal is also considerably alarming, more than 1900 active reported cases with over 12% of death rate, while thousands are going to bed hungry as the country has shut down to battle the pandemic. India's unemployment rate is now at a record high of 27.1%, according to the Centre for Monitoring the Indian Economy (CMIE).The informal jobs, which employ 90% of the population, had experienced the first setback as construction stopped, and cities suspended public transport. Scenes of thousands of poor-jobless-moneyless-shelter less migrant workers, particularly daily-wage earners, desperately fleeing cities on foot to return to their native villages, filled TV screens and newspapers for most of April 2020.
Physiologically, the common symptoms for COVID-19 are now showing repeated changes due to continuous mutation of virus genomes. Recently numerous cases reported Corona positive without having any proper or common symptoms. This asymptomatic virus trend has thrown a new challenge to the medical researchers across the globe.
Please see the useful links here for more information on Corona Symptoms
The symptoms as mentioned by WHO : https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_3
The poster by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Government of India - https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/Poster1GHFanDHGA.pdf
The virus that causes COVID-19 is a human to human transmitting, mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air, and quickly fall on floors or surfaces. One person can be infected by breathing in the virus if s/he is within close proximity of someone who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then your eyes, nose or mouth. Thus Scientists have advised physical and societal distancing among people to resist the spread of the virus leading the administrations go for lockdown which include restrictions for travel, work, education, facilities other than emergency services for most of the countries who have been affected, totally or partially, depending upon the severity of the disease.
With 472 million children (India has the largest child population in the world) India is under greatest challenge. It is estimated more than 40million of children from poor families have been impacted. Record number of cases of domestic violence has been recorded during the lock-down period.
Here we have tried to tabulated such important news and article links, which will help us all to understand the real crisis occured due to Corona outbreak.
How to Combat?
There are various COVID-19 related awareness materials available over the internet. Through our network initiative we have tried to distinguish the entire information in to five categories for establishing a link between medical and social sphere-
a. Information related to the best health and hygienic practices
b. Socio-cultural, behavioral practices:
c. Effective Social Networking in the virtual spare
d. Special support from Govt. and Administration
e. Disability-related special info and materials
Among many affected sections of society due to COVID outbreak, one of the most vulnerable groups, are persons/children with disabilities. They are facing additional risks and consequences as well as anxieties. They have different needs, attention, and rehabilitation. All policies, norms, disaster management, and other institutional interventions must be structuralized in a way so that this dependable group of society can be addressed with empathy, understanding, and dignity.
Here we have covered some glimpses of materials regarding issues of this group:
The lockdown is hard for women with disabilities by Namita Bhandare. Updated: May 01, 2020
Before Covid-19, women with disabilities were already undergoing their own lockdown, invisible and shut out from the rest of the world. Now, the walls are closing in.
But Covid-19 has also reinforced what many people with disabilities believe: They are invisible to society. When policymakers talk about vulnerable people, they refer to older populations and those with underlying conditions like diabetes. People with disabilities have not always specifically been included as vulnerable. “When there’s a crisis, who do we forget? Those we always forget,” says Goyal.
It took a pandemic for India to adopt the work solutions people with disabilities have long sought by Tony Kurian. 01/05/20
The ‘reasonable accommodation’ denied to persons with disabilities for decades is finally being offered to the wider public
In India, for example, the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 defines reasonable accommodation as “necessary and appropriate modification and adjustments, without imposing a disproportionate or undue burden in a particular case, to ensure persons with disabilities the enjoyment or exercise of rights equally with others”.