THE STORY OF A GREAT PANDEMIC

December 11, 2019: the first COVID-19 case in the world in Wuhan. The COVID-19 pandemic is an ongoing global epidemic; the first known cases mainly involved workers from the Wuhan wet market, in China, where fish and other animals, including life, were sold.

In the first weeks of January 2020, scientists detected strange pneumonia caused by a new coronavirus, designated SARS-Cov-2. At the end of January 2020, the characteristics of the virus had not yet been well determined, although the ability to transmit from person to person was established, and uncertainties remained about the exact model of transmission and pathogenicity. The sick have flu-like symptoms such as dermatitis, fever, dry cough, fatigue, difficulty breathing. In the most serious cases, often found in people already burdened by previous diseases, develops pneumonia, acute respiratory failure until even death…

By mid-January 2020, a test was available to diagnose SARS-Cov-2 infection, followed by an increase in cases in mid-January 2020, leading to travel restrictions, quarantine, and curfew. The epidemic was declared a public health emergency of international interest (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 30 January. On March 8,2020,300 million children and young people do not attend school due to temporary or indefinite closures of schools, and workers switch to smart working, this was decided by governments in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everything and more has been written about coronavirus, but little has been said about the heavy emotional repercussions that what we are experiencing these days may have, including drastic changes in lifestyle and individual freedom. From one day to the next we find ourselves unable to enjoy the presence of our loved ones, at least that they are not living together, not being able to attend friends, engaged couples who cannot hug for weeks, parents and grandparents who cannot meet their children or grandchildren, and vice versa, elderly people living in assisted health homes or nursing homes who cannot receive visits, in general, all those who live alone, renouncing relationships with others that for human beings are the main source of pleasure as well as comfort.

 The pandemic impacts, above all, the health of children and adolescents through different factors: the lack of routine, the anxiety and uncertainty linked to illness and the fear of parents, and the social distancing. Unfortunately, it is not just a feeling. Studies have shown that excessive attachment, inattentiveness, and irritability, in children and adolescents, are psychological conditions that lead to more serious consequences, such as domestic accidents and head injuries due to suspected abuse and violence.

Technology has been great support because it has allowed us, in that little, to continue to learn, to work, and above all to communicate with our loved ones. We know, however, that the relationships mediated by technology are absolutely unable to replace that vis à vis, even more so where physical contact is an essential element of the relationship itself. On the other hand, technology has generated alarmism with fake news and news without certainty.

Among the wider consequences of the epidemic is the political crisis and outbreaks of xenophobia and racism against people of Chinese origin. In demographic terms, the pandemic appears to be causing, in addition to a general increase in the number of deaths, a sharp decline in births worldwide. At the end of February 2020, several organizations around the world were engaged in developing a vaccine against the virus.

8 December was the day of the first administration of a vaccine against the new coronavirus: is a British town ninety years old, Margaret Kennan, the first to receive it. These include the fruit of the vaccines Pfizer and Biotech, but also that of Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

On July 26, 2021, in the world, the people who received at least one dose of vaccine are over 2 billion. The pandemic has put a strain on, even, our idea of “society,” which has split into two: “no vax,” the one who chooses not to vaccinate, and “pro-vax, which is pro-vaccination. Tourism is affected by a sharp decline. Another setback in the rapid acceleration of the disease is the cancellation of major events in the film industry, festivals and music concerts, technology conferences, fashion shows, and sporting events.

Initially, we believed that “EVERYTHING WILL BE OK”, hoping to return to our previous life, but after more than two years of a global pandemic, I personally do not accept at all that there are still a lot of victims due to the coronavirus that in a ruthless way leaves no hope of recovery, nor any certainty about its defeat. Now, more than ever, this situation for me is a big question mark that makes me think: “Will we return to take control of the situation?”; “Will this pandemic ever pass?”. I’m sure, I know that everything we’re going through, we’ll take it with us forever, maybe even for personal growth but especially as an incurable scar.

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Autore:

Isabel Rao

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4°B2 Liceo Linguistico Enrico Medi Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto
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