Try intelligent research to verify the distribution of covid
The lack of a coherent plan for Covid-19 has cost us considerably both lives and livelihoods.
Today, over 83 lakh individuals were affected and 1.25 lakh plus were lost from the first case of Covid-19 found in India on 30 January 2020 (figures from 5 November).
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) was the pandemic manager and has established recommendations for testing over time. The absence of a coherent Covid-19 response policy like monitoring and monitoring during the first two phases of lock-down has cost us a significant amount of life as well as livelihoods and led us to become the second most affected nation on the global road.
This health problem is far from over and, thus, we need to concentrate on intelligent research and other strategic initiatives to overcome the pandemic’s challenges.
The India test average, which was computed for a thousand people at the beginning of the pandemic, was nearly abysmal – only a mere 0.2 compared with other countries like Korea at the same period, with 10.13 experiments being carried out.
It has improved since August, and the cumulative test per million is now equal to if not above the global level, to the government’s credit following the prime minister’s call for increased research. But the new research strategy has to be revised to more accurately cover the population. The rise in test numbers is a promising indicator, but randomly firing in the dark without a certain direction will certainly not achieve the right results.
Actually, only about 12.5 percent of the population have only been tested, even though 11 crore studies have been conducted cumulatively (third largest in the global economy). To resolve the void, it is crucial that an effective and functional approach be introduced, focussing both on precision and scalability, to achieve advantageous outcomes and to reduce the detrimental consequences of the Pandemic, which outlines the correct blends of the various testing technologies on the market – RT-PCR, Rapid Antigen, TrueNAt, and soon to be released.
We will need to learn from successful models to successfully detect and track the virus. In order to measure the possibility of contagion in real-time, China has quite efficiently implemented the Alipay Health Code (constructing by the provincial government and the e-commerce giant Alibaba). Thousands of manual trackers were used and trained in the United States by Johns Hopkins using online software courses.
The states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have set great examples, while the Aarogya Setu app is more successful in India. In the 5 km containment areas around the case in reaction to the pandemic, they introduced robust disease monitoring and efficient door-to-door touch tracing. Both persons seeking medication for acute respiratory conditions or flu-like disease were screened and all interactions to detect continuing transmission was monitored on a regular basis.
Thus, policymakers have been able to obtain valuable data to guide their future policy. Insights such as the appearance of children as actively dispersed individuals should prepare authorities to devote money to personnel and children’s personal protection devices in classrooms and to improve the testing and recording of communication in the homes to which children return.
In the past, policymakers have cooperated with social sector actors, academics, and private researchers to nip outbreaks. More importantly, polio in India has been eradicated by effective vaccination and sound public-private partnerships. Adapted responses only became successful after local non-governmental organizations came into touch with the widening asymmetry between government and the public and did their duty to speed up immunization campaigns.
The Nipah virus epidemic in the Kerala area has also succeeded in regulated by rapid bureaucracy, public and private health, and civil society intervention and coordination.
As regards Covid-19 today, we have gone so far as to say that without vaccination we can effectively kill the virus. We should however consider the prevalence and monitor the spread of the virus and ideally emulate our past achievements by joint partnerships with Civil society and private players.
Governments at both levels must be conscious of the private sector’s contribution to the pandemic and refrain from irrational price controls which render it untenable for private players to work. In a country like India, where public health facilities are limited and most people tend to visit private players, these actions will merely generate bottlenecks to monitor the spread of the virus effectively.
The demand to open up the nation continues, pending rising cases. In view of the economic slowdown that affects most of our countries overwhelmingly, India is situated between a rock and a hard spot. It is a matter of nuance, or not to open a binary.
By establishing standard operating procedures (SOPs) in all regions, the government has already proactively exercised this role. Although some of those SOPs depend on recent understanding of the disease, other ad-hoc decisions, including random lockdowns, that allow every other store within a market to be opened, or to hold stores open (thus leading to crowds), are still defying the scientific rigor advocated by India’s Constitution.
In order to achieve normality, the government must resolve the public confidence gap generated by these steps, and the public must feel assured that these SOPs are being enforced. Comprehensive and smart testing with effective monitoring of the situation steps in this direction.