COVID-19, not “people of the opposite political party”, says NIH director
During a pandemic, fear, worry, and even paranoia can spread quickly. Even though they are asymptomatic, these disorders are often the result of personal and predispositional characteristics, as well as shared cultural influences such as religion, literature, movies, and gambling, all of which can elicit emotional and irrational reactions. They can make people more inclined to believe implausible conspiracy theories about the origins of the disease and the actions of the government. They can also persuade people to believe in straightforward, unscientific claims about treatments and gadgets that promise to prevent, treat, or cure disease. Due to this weakness, possibilities of predation for unscrupulous people arise. This article discusses the rise of quackery during the Russian flu of 1889-1892 and the Spanish flu of 1918-1920, as well as the introduction of false claims during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. During the pandemic of 2020, it identifies consumer protection policies and initiatives. Using examples from
As countries went into lockdown, industrial activities were shut down globally. Among many other sectors, transportation is the hardest hit sector due to the containment. Road and air transport have been cut off as people are not allowed or are reluctant to travel. Air travel fell 96% due to COVID-19, the lowest in 75 years (CNN, 2020), according to the report. In addition, not only the transport sector, but also the industrial and manufacturing sector are severely affected by the pandemic. Global demand for oil has declined dramatically and prices have fallen sharply, as industry and transportation sectors have come to a standstill around the world. COVID-19 has a severe negative impact on human health and the global economy, but it also results in reduced pollution due to limited social and economic activities (Dutheil et al., 2020).
A new infectious disease of the coronavirus family was identified in Wuhan, China at the end of December 2019, which was later named COVID-19 (Chen et al., 2020). In January 2020, the WHO (World Health Organization) confirmed human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 through respiratory droplets (WHO, 2020). Later in the same month, authorities confirmed a cluster of COVID-19 cases in Wuhan, which has increased rapidly not only in surrounding areas but has also spread across the country and the epidemic has transformed. in epidemics (Dutheil et al., 2020). On January 23, Wuhan was placed in quarantine, while Hubei province follows within days. The Chinese government subsequently placed the entire country in lockdown to slow the spread of infection and ease the burden on healthcare facilities (Wilder-Smith & Freedman, 2020). Chinese authorities have closed public transportation, educational institutions, business centers, parks and other points of social interaction to limit the transmission of COVID-19. On January 30, the WHO declared a global public health emergency. In February, epidemics begin in Iran, Italy and other countries around the world. Subsequently, the epidemic turns into a pandemic and by the end of March, half of the world’s population was in some form of containment (Tosepu et al., 2020). As of April 16, 2020, the total number of COVID-19 cases exceeded 2.1 million worldwide, with a total number of deaths exceeding 135,000 (WHO, 2020).
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