What the World Can Learn From China’s Experience With Covid-19
Chairman, Confederation of Young Leaders, India
With the alarming spread of Covid-19 plaguing nations around the globe, the concept of global unity has gained a new interpretation and has sent researchers and doctors reeling for solutions.
Spreading and multiplying with exponential spikes, the Covid-19 has claimed multiple lives and affected lakhs around the world till date. These are tough times.
With global connectivity contributing to trade, commerce and technological developments, it is times like these that makes us question the ideas of free movement across boundaries and borders. It makes us rethink and measure the perils of having superior transportation networks. But, a snag in the fabric of humanity is far from what it will take to make us abandon our collective consciousness and human integrity.
With China’s rampant growth and high population density based on the millions of businesses operating here, it is no mystery why the containment and arrest of the Covid-19 was difficult to manage. To add to this, China’s booming economy and industrial network made the virus travel and assault faster than anticipated.
Having no real history to speak of, and completely based on hygiene checks and regular sanitisation, there is no tangible measure to hold on to. This has quite naturally spread panic and hysteria among people, who are majorly concerned about the collapse of aid and governance with time. China, on the other hand, has been lauded for its rapid response to combat the epidemic.
Being the epicentre of a mortifying disease with unknown capabilities it must have been an uphill task. But, despite of the eyeballs of the world fixated on how it tackles this crisis, what China has done, as a community, is spectacular.
File Photo: Confederation of Young Leaders holds a prayer for outbreak of Novel Coronavirus named Stay Strong China, We Are With You in New Delhi, India on Feb 10, 2020.
Having an established reputation of being miles ahead in technologically and developments, China has indeed lived up to its name by rapidly acting against the viral spread of the coronavirus, taking drastic measures to lockdown and isolate its population.
When every major Virology expert is stressing on the need to quarantine and restrict movement among citizens, the complete shutdown of Wuhan and other cities in Hubei Province within a mere few weeks from the inception of the Covid-19 was a monumental parameter in the slowdown of the spread.
It is almost unheard of, in the recent past, of a major superpower completely alienating itself and strictly imposing travel restrictions, effectively jeopardising its economy and trade relations, just to combat an illness. Not just this, being the flagbearers of human capital availability, China was able to construct 2 gigantic, 1000 bed hospitals, with state of the art facilities and test kits, within days.
Such a dedicated and coordinated effort is no mean feat, considering that the health professionals, first responders and construction workers agreed to pour in their hearts and souls into this development, all the while being dangerously susceptible to exposure.
File Photo: Himadrish Suwan is interviewed by China Central Television in New Delhi, India on Feb 10, 2020.
China has been called the fasting growing economy for years. With its booming industrial markets that are unparallel successful operation and ethical codes, it has achieved stellar heights of business leadership.
With the Covid-19 contributing to plunging stocks and destroying foreign exchange of raw materials to industry leaders like Apple and Tesla, it is amazing how the country has managed to hold on to its reigns and not crumble to shambles.
For while more than 180,000 cases of the fatal and mortifying illness have been recorded globally, it is on the decline in China. This goes to prove that taking the call of going for a lockdown, and suspending schools, offices and all major gatherings, has indeed turned the stakes to our favour.
Having a responsive and watertight public health system has indeed nipped the problem in the bud, historically speaking, and pulled down the effectivity of the mutating virus manifolds. It is horrifying to imagine what would transpire if this decision was delayed, as the pandemic that is taking new and aggressive shape each passing day, would become a monster impossible to fight.
But, China’s resilience and promptness has truly contributed majorly to uce the numbers from skyrocketing, and it is indeed a lesson to take home on how to put barriers around panic and keep a strong face in times of global community crisis.
And finally, it is a sight to behold, in a poignant sense, on how at the end of the day we are all humans, separated by petty misunderstandings. Humans who unite against collective evils and fight shoulder to shoulder.
Originally Published on The Times of India on March 18, 2020.