COVID-19 Funerals and Vaccines


The highly infectious Corona virus disease has not left any section of live untouched and is also making its presence felt in death. Those affected by the terrible COVID-19 disease have had to suffer terribly not just with their health but also because of isolation from their loved ones. Even in death, the disease continued to haunt them as they were not allowed to even say a final goodbye.

COVID-19 Funerals and Vaccines
COVID-19 Funerals and Vaccines

Since the COVID-19 virus can survive on surfaces, the dead bodies have had to be sealed immediately post death, stealing away the last chance of one to see their loved ones. Photos and videos of the last rites are usually sent to the families. There is no touching of the dead body, it is sealed and sent off to be disposed. There is no change of clothes of make up as is done under normal circumstances.

The ones who die at home are taken away by undertakers dressed in full PPE. Usually it is the doctors and nurses who have been receiving applaud and appreciation, but there is little to nothing being said about the funeral directors and those cremating the dead bodies, which is a highly important task and is of great responsibility as it ensures the containment of the disease posthumously.

Currently there are two vaccines that are entering the later stages – phase 2, phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine testing revealed chief scientist of the World Health Organisation (WHO). If these work and receive the seal of approval, which will be possible by the end of 2020 beginning of 2021, they will be sent for manufacturing. Hundreds of thousands of these vaccines will need to be manufactured and transported all over the world, then administered to each and every human being. 2021 looks like a busy year as well and will be well occupied with news and happenings still about the Corona virus disease.

Countries need to plan ahead on how to vaccinate, who to vaccinate first, how to communicate this to people. Needles, syringes, cold-chains, glass vials, manpower will all be needed. The governments across the world have very little time and must move quickly and start brainstorming on the future actions that need to be taken once the Corona virus vaccine has been created.

Slow or no action was the first and foremost culprit that aggravated this pandemic to the horrifying stage it currently is in. Not taking quick, stringent steps will be future detrimental to the overall population. The COVID-19 vaccine is the best way to get out of this pandemic. The vaccine also needs to be safe. Usually it takes a few years to create a vaccine. This time the vaccine against Corona is being developed over a period of 12 to 18 months. Efficacious and safe are the keywords for any vaccine.

How COVID-19 Pandemic Destroyed Jobs and Careers?

The world, in the middle of the pandemic, is also seeing a terrible economic crisis. Many have lost their lives; many other have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 disease. Low strata income groups and places are most impacted and are still vulnerable because of the Corona pandemic. The lockdown worked in controlling the spread of the COVID-19 disease, but has wreaked havoc on the economy and on the lives of common people. There are countries where people are dying of starvation as there is no income, indirectly because of Corona. Governments have taken action and ensured necessities are provided, but those who are stranded and have limited savings and almost no resources have been the worst hit.

How COVID-19 Pandemic Destroyed Jobs and Careers?
How COVID-19 Pandemic Destroyed Jobs and Careers?

Even as the lockdowns ease in various parts of the world, it will be a while before the countries are fully up and running, business as usual. Furloughs, temporary and permanent layoffs, salary cuts and reduced hours, have been noticed in all sectors of the workforce, with travel and tourism being one of the worst hit. Most companies have offered work from home to their critical staff, while the rest of the working population were asked to sit at home with nothing much to do.

With the economy impacted globally, trade and commerce to a halt, every sphere of business has taken a jolt of the Corona virus disease. More than the loss of jobs, the panic and anxiety it has created among the people has created significant ill effects on the communities as a whole. Only the essential and critical workers and those in the healthcare sectors have continued working as nothing has changed for them. Retail and wholesale sectors saw huge losses in jobs.

Though food and grocery and online sales in these sectors went up, the non-food area showed losses. Food with accommodation, tours and travel, theatres and entertainment and the construction industry saw terrible losses that will take a few months to a year to make recovery post the lockdown.

This is a time where businesses are rethinking their strategies and making organisational changes. People have come to realise that most jobs can be done from home if there is a laptop and internet connection. Few companies have asked all employees to work from home till the year 2021. This gives flexibility to work at the same time allows one to spend time with the family or at least be under the same roof for more number of hours. The other advantage of propagating work from home is that talent does not need a visa anymore.

If one is talented and able to impress the interviewers during online interviews, the job is theirs no matter which country they are from and where the job is based out of. But then there are some jobs that just cannot function without physical presence like the labour sector, which is seeing a lot of tension as work on construction sites is suspended. Once the health of the population in general is taken care of, the governments’ world over have a humongous task at hand. This includes rapid and quick actions on getting the jobs back to the people and economy back at its feet again.

How the Travel Industry is HIT by COVID-19

The lockdown due to the Corona virus disease world over forbade people from travelling. The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020, whereas the outbreak of Corona began started in December 2019. This means travelling to and from various countries was the main reason for a local disease to spread all over the world. Flights were halted soon after the declaration and aeroplanes were parked.

How the travel industry is hit by COVID-19
How the travel industry is hit by COVID-19

People who had pre-booked tickets, saw them being duly cancelled. Trains, cabs, cars, bikes, bicycles and ever other form of vehicle possible were put to rest for about three months varying from location to location, country to country. No one knew or understood how to deal with this latest disease in the market – the corona virus, the COVID-19 – a name not likely to be forgotten for many decades to come.

The tourism industry fell so bad that it’s going to take a good while before it gets fully back up on its feet. About 75 million jobs lost and a loss of two trillion dollars is what the travel industry globally has had to digest thanks to the Corona virus, as revealed by experts at the World travel and tourism council. Staff had to be suspended, some on loss of pay, some paid half a day or by the hour, but loss was the key element in the travel industry since the novel COVID-19 virus took over the world.

Millions of families are therefore affected. The season Spring-Summer see most people move around or out of the country, thereby generating the maximum amount of revenue. In most places, the tourism industry was not expecting any sort of trouble at all and therefore lacks the required funds needed as backup in such a situation. Transport has badly been hit and so has lodging and accommodations. Major players such as Marriott and other giants have cut down 75% of their staff and lost billions in revenue and the losses will continue with no solution to the Corona disease in sight.

China, where this all started, has however recovered from the Corona virus disease and has resumed flights and hotel reservations. The domestic tourism itself sees about 5 billion trips a year. They are positive on making recovery of the losses faced within the next six months. Recovery of tourism as decimated by COVID-19 will in other countries however take much longer as they still continue to battle the deadly disease. Cruise ships have suffered immensely as well.

Even today, though the lockdown is being lifted in several countries and domestic travel can still take place, a series of guidelines and precautions are advised to the travellers. Use of sanitizers, compulsion of wearing the mask, hand washing at regular intervals especially after touching things on public transport has been repeatedly underlined. Self-quarantine or home quarantine of those who have travelled in still in progress.

In some places, people’s hands have been stamped to make aware that they have recently traveled. Airports have been seen distributing face shield to domestic travelers. However, the governments everywhere have been advising their citizens to stick to essential travel only not to have any international travel yet.

COVID-19 Basics – Everything You Need to Know

COVID-19 stands for the Corona virus disease and 19 is the year in which it made its appearance and started spreading all over the world.

This virus belongs to the family of corona viruses. It projects mild to very severe symptoms and is not the same as the flu, the virus for the flu is very different, and it is called the influenza virus. Symptoms of the COVID-19 disease may include a cold, fever, body pains, dry cough, nausea, difficulty in breathing, tightness in the chest etc. The Corona virus disease spreads through touch, inhalation of the microorganism and through droplets and aerosols. This is why social distancing and masks are prescribed.

Vaccine for influenza exists but not for Corona virus yet. The Corona virus disease is similar to SARS (2002), MERS (2012). The virus hopped on from the bat and mutated into infecting human beings. The human body has defence mechanisms. It can fight out the COVID-19 virus if the body is in a good condition. The disease becomes dangerous depending on the exposure to the virus. That is, the numbers of virus entered into the body of a healthy person, can fight it off quickly through the power of his/her own immunity. But they enter in large number and begin to multiply faster than the strength of the body to fight it off, the person starts becoming sick. In critical conditions the person has to be admitted in the hospital with life support. Exposure can be controlled using PPEs. In case of a leak or not wearing proper PPE, the Corona virus can still enter your body and start reproducing, making you very sick in the process. Therefore, keeping a good immunity by eating well, sleeping well, social distancing and covering your face and eyes is advised. As is the case with all crises first there is denial, then anger, frustration, fear and finally acceptance. We are currently at the final stage with the Corona virus disease.

Self quarantine, government quarantine centres, screening, temperature checking are being carried out by COVID-19 warriors, as the working officials are lovingly known as, at most public places.

The COVID-19 disease spreads through droplets or aerosols that are released from the mouth and nose while speaking, breathing or sneezing in the air around sick people. Surgical masks, N95 masks, sanitizers, and other personal protection equipments (PPE) can help stop the spread of this disease.

Healthcare professionals have been facing immense difficulties while battling the Corona virus disease due to lack of adequate self protection gear, fewer numbers of doctors and nurses and the ever increasing number of the corona virus cases.

The COVID-19 disease can also spread through asymptomatic carriers, while conversing with patients. By touching nose, mouth, eyes, the virus enters the blood stream and can make you sick. Sanitizers are effective in killing up to 99% of the germs on the hands. A number of studies are being carried out rapidly to monitor how this virus is multiplying and mutilating in human beings. Physical distancing is working but, social distancing not possible in hospitals. Strategies and collective efforts are working well as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pandemics will be there in the future as well as have happened. Need to prepare better to deal with such large scale infections. Lots of recovered people are coming out in the open and giving testimonials. However, there is still no cure for the COVID-19 disease. Prevention is the key. Immunity can be boosted by eating Vitamin C rich foods. Avoiding public and crowed places, not shaking hands with anyone, not touching public spaces, using masks, and washing hands at least for 20 seconds as often as possible will help stop the spread of the virus.

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