Novel Coronavirus Outbreak | Reactions | Economic Prospects | Opinion Polls

The devil of the hour, Novel Coronavirus is spreading across the globe like wildfire. As of March 10, 2020, 103 countries have reported confirmed cases of Covid-19 (Source: Al Jazeera) Updated. It has not only caused a major loss of human lives but is also affecting trade, education and other sectors of the world.

 

Almost all schools and universities in China have been closed to avoid further spreading of this disease. Trade sectors all around the world have been majorly affected since the transportation of goods and services from China has been paused. Airline companies are also facing a major crisis due to the spread of Coronavirus.

 

In this article, we bring to you some reactions and opinions of people and countries on the outbreak of Coronavirus, but before that, make sure to check out our article on the Do’s and Don’ts for Novel Coronavirus.

 

Reactions, After effect Of COVID-19

 

  • Decrease in Travel

Since the outbreak of Coronavirus in China, the rate of tourism in China has been declining and is now at a point zero where no tourists are allowed in the country. As a precautionary method, tourism within the country has also been paused and citizens have been advised to stay away from public places and gatherings as much as they can.

 

Besides this, travel and tourism around the world have also been declining because of the spread of coronavirus in other countries. People are refraining from getting on flights in order to be safe.

 

  • Trade Crisis

It is no news that China is the manufacturer of almost half of the things sold in the markets around the world. From a safety pin to airplanes, there’s nothing that China doesn’t manufacture. But, since the spread of Coronavirus, trade all around the world is shaken to the core. No ships and planes are allowed to move out of China and the ones that were on the way have been turned back. This has resulted in the slowdown of several trade sectors and a lot of businesses are facing a major loss at this time.

 

  • Release of Prisoners in Iran

Coronavirus has claimed 237 lives and infected a total of 7,161 people in Iran, with 595 new infections and 43 deaths in the last 24 hours. The country has temporarily released nearly 70,000 prisoners due to the outbreak, said judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi.

 

  • Health Emergency in the Philippines

The Philippines declared a health emergency over fears of community transmission. A total of ten cases have been confirmed in the country, including one death.

 

  • Qatar Imposes Travel Ban, Suspends School and University Classes

Qatar has temporarily suspended entry of travelers from 14 countries after the number of cases in the nation increased to 15. The ban applies to India, Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, and Thailand. The country previously suspended flights to and from Italy. Today, the country also announced plans to suspend schools and universities from 10 March.

 

  • Kerala Family Hid Travel History

A family of 3, consisting of a 24-year-old youth and parents aged 53 and 55 hides the information of their trip to Italy at the Kochi airport. They reportedly did so to avoid the long procedures of the screening system. Source: New Indian Express

 

These are only some of the reactions of people and authorities around the world. The spread of Coronavirus has affected almost all areas of human life. The pace of human life, especially in Asia has slowed down and a state of fear has made its place in the hearts of people all around the globe.

Let us now look at some of the opinions of people on the rapidly spreading Coronavirus:

 

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Opinion Poll in India:

 

According to a survey conducted to understand the opinion among Indians on the issue of novel coronavirus COVID-19, about 72 percent of respondents stated that they are staying alert and taking precautions. On the contrary, 16 percent said that they did not believe that the virus can impact them or Indians at large.

Source: Statista, Mar 2, 2020

  • Staying alert and taking precautions 72%
  • Don’t believe it can impact us or Indians at large 16%
  • Can’t say 6%
  • Don’t know much about coronavirus 3%
  • Don’t believe it can impact us 3%

Details: India; as of February 2020; 7,185 respondents; respondents from tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 cities.

 

The Novel Covid-19 Has Put the World’s Economy in Survival Mode.

 

There’s little hope for a global economic rebound in 2020.

Whether or not the coronavirus turns into a global pandemic, the outbreak is already infecting economies and financial markets around the world. While governments try to navigate the fine line between being prepared and setting off panic, the economic costs are growing as countries and communities try to control the spread of the disease.

-Eswar S. Prasad

Mr. Prasad is a professor at Cornell University and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Source: NYTimes, 15 Feb 2020

 


“The number of reports from multiple different countries in the past 36 hours showing what is the most likely community human to human spread of SARS-CoV-2 confirms fears that the virus is on its way to causing a pandemic”.

Prof. Dr. Benhur Lee, MD

Professor of Microbiology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS)
Feb. 21, 2020

Source: twitter Official account of Prof. Dr. Benhur Lee

 


“I think this virus is probably with us beyond this season, beyond this year, and I think eventually the virus will find a foothold and we’ll get community-based transmission and you can start to think about it like seasonal flu. The only difference is we don’t understand this virus”.

Dr. Robert Redfield

Director, CDC
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Feb. 13, 2020

CNN, Feb 13, 2020


“This is really a global problem that’s not going to go away in a week or two.

What makes this one perhaps harder to control than SARS is that it may be possible to transmit before you are sick.

I think we should be prepared for the equivalent of a very, very bad flu season, or maybe the worst-ever flu season in modern times.”


Prof. Marc Lipsitch

Prof. of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health
Head, Harvard Ctr. Communicable Disease Dynamics
Feb. 11, 2020

The Harvard Gazette, Feb 11, 2020


These are some of the opinions that various people have on the ongoing Novel Coronavirus situation.

The important thing to remember is that precautions can be taken in order to avoid the further spreading of this virus. It is indeed a state of panic but since it is preventable, all measures to avoid this disease should be acquired.

 

In Conclusion

We hope that you had a good time reading this article. We strongly advise you to stay indoors as much as possible. Stay safe. We’ll soon be back with yet another informative article. Until then, goodbye!