Ever since the birth of humanity, numerous problems have arisen and dissolved into the folds of history. While many of them have proven to be alarmingly threatening to the heritage, culture and lifestyle of a community, countless solutions introduced by humans have helped repair the damages caused by the grave situations and have shaped the society into a better place to live. One such reflection of the same scenario is the pandemic the entire world is going through currently, the Novel Coronavirus, and the associated disease Covid-19. The new virus has swallowed over half a million lives (as of this writing), and the number of cases is still increasing day after day. If we recall what John Milton had said, “Every cloud has a silver lining”, a light of hope might be shining across the world, supplying enough optimism to head towards a solution, that will mark the end of this chaos. Therefore, in this essay, I shall go over some of the small initiatives that are being undertaken to combat Covid-19, and also throw light on what else must be done to end the pandemic.
To begin with, numerous scientific discoveries have been made in regard to the structures of viruses, such as the DRACO discovery, by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) that hypothesizes a cure for possibly all the viruses in the world, including something as common as rhinovirus, or as commonly known, cold. DRACO, which is an acronym for double-stranded RNA activated caspase oligomerizes, has been tested on over 15 types of viruses, being successful on all of them. However, it has not been tested on Covid-19 to date, since it requires heavy funding, which no organization is ready to offer yet.
Most organizations, both in public and private sectors, have already put certain measures in place like screening their workers, checking their temperature, and asking them to wash hands and wear masks. Many nations have also announced total or partial lockdowns, making their citizens remain home and thereby slowing the spread of Coronavirus. Although the lockdowns may not have helped in bringing the situation under control, they have been successful in delaying a rapid increase in the number of cases, giving governments more time to build a suitable infrastructure.
One of the best ways to slow the spread of Coronavirus is to use technology effectively. Recently, there was trending news, where a delivery boy (who tested positive for Coronavirus late) delivered pizzas to over 72 houses. As a result, the houses he delivered pizzas to were put in quarantine and containment zones. To prevent such grave incidents from happening, drones should be promoted to ensure there is minimal contact with people from outside. It would have better if we had driverless cars by now, but unfortunately, we are a few years away from that. Both the drones and driverless cars would have lead to fewer cases of Covid-19. Besides drones, other easy to use technologies such as e-banking, work from home, virtual interactions, cleaning robots, etc. must become a part of life to not only lower the number of Covid-19 cases but also increase efficiencies at work and home. While these technologies and processes are seeing a huge spike during the current pandemic, the adaptability should be much higher given the size of India’s population and the economy. The government and the industry may not be able to invest in drones at this point, but it should be considered for the future as we never know when the Coronavirus recedes or comes back.
To conclude, various precautions and solutions have been implemented by different nations to delay the rapid increase in cases, and the governments have been using that time to build infrastructure for managing the current and future Covid-19 patients. From a futuristic standpoint, the governments must look into how drones (and driverless cars) could be used to lower the impact of not just Coronavirus, but also future viral and bacterial diseases.
-Shravan Verma (One of the prize winners of Covid-19 Article Writing Competition in the 13-17 years age group)
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