On March the 11th, The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Covid-19 outbreak a global pandemic as the novel coronavirus affects almost all countries globally. The Covid-19 first emerged in December 2019 in Wuhan, China and quickly spread to the other parts of the world.
Covid-19, a new illness that is caused by a virus called coronavirus, has already affected more than 150 thousand people globally.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director of WHO, said: “We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time” while declaring Covid-19 a global pandemic.
Starting from Italy, Covid-19 has gradually been affecting European countries including the UK. Countries are taking some measures to control and contain the virus such as cancelling the flights from affected countries, banning mass social gatherings and advising their citizens to remain indoors.
As ordinary people, we do not know what is right or wrong and are continuously bombarded by the news both online and offline about the Covid-19. While some people are freaking out, some seem not to care at all. During these days, it is very important to remain calm while ensuring the safety of yourself and others. Panicking or hoarding toilet rolls does nothing but worsen the situation. It is vital to pay attention to what the authorities say rather than relying on some random online sources.
Covid-19 is not the first pandemic we face. And there have been more serious ones in the past. The last time WHO declared pandemic was 11 years ago during the Swine Flu (H1N1) outbreak. Swine Flu that has been in the ‘post-pandemic period’ since 2010 had affected 1.4 billion people globally in 2009 when it was declared as a global pandemic. There were also more deadly outbreaks that we had to deal with such as Ebola, SARS, and Spanish Flu.
So, let’s re-read the statement of the WHO Director above:
“We have never before seen a pandemic sparked by a coronavirus. This is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. And we have never before seen a pandemic that can be controlled, at the same time”
Covid-19, a new illness caused by coronavirus is declared as a pandemic due to spreading quickly around the globe BUT if the necessary steps are taken it is possible to control and eliminate the virus, the Director of WHO says. This is the very fact that we need to hold on as citizens of the world.
Although it might be difficult at times, it is equally important to see the positive developments during the times of outbreak.
And let me share some of them:
For instance, China has closed down all temporary Covid-19 Hospitals because there is no further need. Also, the doctors in India have been successful in treating Covid-19 by using ac combination of drugs: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir with Chlorphenamine. A new academic study in consultation with Stanford University School of Medicine reveals over-the-counter anti-malaria pill Chloroquine may be highly effective at treating Covid-19. And currently, some countries managed to produce a Covid-19 test kit that gives the results in minutes.
And what do we do in times of Covid-19 to support our patients?
Here at MCAN Health, we’re doing everything we can to support our patients during the Covid-19 outbreak. We are happy to share a few examples:
- Our Patient Hosts work very hard to support our patients who would go back to the countries with a travel ban by re-booking their flights and communicating with the Consulates. We make sure that our patients safely return to their home countries. We still have 5 patients who are waiting to return to their hometowns that are under a travel ban. We support them for all their needs during the process.
- Lots of our patients had booked their treatments during March and April. But due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the Turkish Government has stopped flights to several European countries until the 17th of April. So, what we do now is to reschedule our patients’ treatments to a date after the 17th of April.
- We are extending the deposit period for our patients. Because we are going through some extraordinary situation right now, we are happy to extend the deposit period of our patients.
We will go through these difficult times by supporting each other and there is nothing that can beat us when we unite!
Take care of yourselves and loved ones and stay healthy!