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Pandemics: Challenges and hope



By Akshit Sharma

Epidemics spread within a localised area, while pandemics have the potential to affect vast regions. Poor hygiene and sanitation often contribute to the spread of such diseases. Pandemics can persist for years, resulting in millions of deaths and hospitalisations. To combat these crises, vaccines are developed through extensive research and knowledge. Researchers, doctors, and scientists must diligently study the causes, symptoms, and other factors leading to disastrous and unfortunate consequences. The world has already grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic in the past. And just as one phase seems to be ending, another emerges to wreak havoc.

The Omicron variant was one of the deadliest contributors to the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. This deadly and highly contagious virus initially emerged in China and quickly spread to every corner of the globe. Some presidents and prime ministers imposed lockdowns to curb its spread, and India implemented a nationwide lockdown. Even now, masks and sanitizers remain essential tools for prevention. Unfortunately, some individuals disregard safety measures, endangering public health.

Vaccination efforts are underway, aiming to inoculate every eligible citizen in India. With widespread vaccination, there is hope for a return to a semblance of normalcy, reminiscent of times gone by.