COVID is one of the longest battles of history where people stayed inside of their homes to fight. Coronavirus or COVID is a contagious disease caused by the virus known as SARS-CoV-2. This virus is known to affect your respiratory system. Most people get a mild infection and can show no symptoms at all. On the other hand, there are many people who can get severely infected too. The primary symptoms include tastelessness, high fever, cough, severe throat pain, loss of smell, and some minor symptoms like vertigo and migraine. 

Tip: If you feel you are suffering from any of these symptoms for the last 7-10 days it is advisable for you to get an rt PCR test done. Most pathology labs and hospitals have these tests. You can also visit Hindustan Wellness to book an at-home test. Here’s a link to thor COVID package:

The two-year COVID battle

To mark a landmark of the first wave, on September 7, 2020, India took over brazil and became the second most infected country in the world. This was the time when India broke the record and was reported as the country with the highest number (i.e. 80,000) of newly infected cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours. This is not the only news we should be concerned about; India’s economy has fallen by a whopping -23.9%. The first wave was very much perplexing for everyone. The entire globe was confused about the new normal. Lockdowns and covid restrictions were really getting stressful. Doctors and nurses worked a day in and day out to save lives. The other essential workers stood on one foot to cater to our needs. This virus surely spread very fast but the death rate was very low, but when a world-sized population falls sick the low death rate seems to be quite huge. All this is happening when it is only the first wave of the virus outbreak. 

The second wave struck the world in 2021. The surge of cases began in early May and it only kept on increasing till July 2021. The delta variant caused a lot of destruction and India suffered a lot. Medical facilities were in a crisis and on top of the economy was not great either. Basically, after the first wave the covid regulations were made a bit relaxed this was one of the primary reasons that smashed our immunity. The delta variant was considered the most contagious one. Altho by the end of 2021, the situation became a bit controlled. At the start of 2022, the Omicron variant was introduced but thankfully this one did not cause many issues. 

How can we end COVID?

It is said that pandemics fade away in time. Similar to the great plague this pandemic will also lose its effect. Some studies say that 2022 is the year where COVID-19 might weaken and eventually fade away. However, there are other studies that suggest that there is a probability of the fourth wave by June-July. Life after COVID will not be the same. It will take some to restore and return to our previous routine. This year we have finally started stepping out of our lives and have been taking steps to the normal. Things have shifted to offline. And we hope this stays like this. 

To conclude this article we would like to say that pandemics don’t end they lose their strength. Therefore to make sure we defeat this virus we need to actually follow every precaution possible to stop it from spreading. It is still extremely necessary to mask up and sanitise our way through this battle.

By Alexander James

Beau Alexander James: Beau, a mental health advocate, shares personal stories, coping strategies, and promotes mental health awareness and understanding.