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The pandemic by COVID-19 has been led to a dramatic loss of human life worldwide and creates an extraordinary challenge to public health, food systems and the world of work.
The economic and social disruption caused by the pandemic is devastating: tens of millions of people are at risk of falling into extreme poverty, while the number of hungry people, currently estimated at nearly 690 million, could increase by up to 132 million by the end of the year.
Millions of enterprises are facing an existential threat. Nearly half of the world more than 3 billion global workforce is at risk of losing their livelihoods. Informal economy workers are particularly vulnerable because the majority lacks social protection and access to quality health care and have lost access to productive assets. Without the means to earn an income during lockdowns, many are unable to feed themselves and their families. For most, no income means no food, or, at best, less food and less nutritious food.
The pandemic has been affecting the entire food system and has laid bare its weakness. Border closures, trade restrictions and confinement measures have been preventing farmers from accessing markets, including for buying inputs and selling their assets, and agricultural workers from harvesting crops, thus disrupting domestic and international food supply chains and reducing access to healthy, safe and diverse diets. The pandemic has decimated jobs and placed millions of livelihoods at risk. As any jobholder loses jobs, fall ill and die, the food security and nutrition of millions of women and men are under threat, with those in low-income countries, particularly the most marginalized populations, which include small-scale farmers and local peoples, being hardest hit.
As the corona virus pandemic rapidly sweeps across the world, it is creating a considerable degree of fear, worry and concern in the population at large and between certain groups in particular, such as older adults, care providers and people with fundamental health conditions. Pakistan has been in the state of high alert since February 2020 when the first case was notified in the country.
Government and health professionals advised for preventive measures to prevent the spread of the disease. These measures were later boost with the increasing number of cases and local transmission. The government implemented complete lockdown, closure of businesses and mosques, restriction of movements, and working at home to promote social distance and control the spread of disease. These precautionary measures such as social distancing, staying at home, and lockdown may lead to psychological and mental health problems. A study conducted in Karachi, Pakistan, in March 2020 highlighted psychological problems such as increase in anxiety level and fear and changes in the behavior to ensure safety
This study was a nationwide survey aimed to analyze the psychological impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the general population of Pakistan during the outbreak. Findings of this study will be helpful in targeting the unsafe population having psychological problems and developing a better, scientifically sound and nationwide strategic plan for comprehensive psychological crisis management.
The impact that COVID-19 can employ on health systems of the world varies. Low- and middle-income countries with less developed health systems are likely to face more significant challenges and remain at risk in controlling COVID-19 compared to the high-income countries. Thus, determining the weaken indices at the national level is crucial in helping policymakers and the WHO to better control and weaken the impact of the pandemic more efficiently.
The purpose of the current study is to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on globalization in terms of mobility, economy, and healthcare systems by utilizing data, mobility and travel resources, country-level health vulnerability. Health weakness was examined through the calculation of a Pandemic Vulnerability Index (PVI).
The infection has not only become a public health crisis but has also affected the global economy. Important economic impact has already occurred across the globe due to reduced productivity, loss of life, business closures, trade disturbance, and disordering of the tourism industry. COVID-19 may be that a “wake-up” call for global leaders to boost cooperation on epidemic preparedness and give the necessary financing for international collective act. There have been enough information on the expected economic and health cost of infectious disease came out, but the world has failed to invest in enough preventive and preparedness measures to weaken the risks of large epidemics. – Courtesy: China Daily