No Rejection to Survival: Global health Dr Baljit Singh, Melbourne, Australia Saturday, 14 March 2020
Dr Baljit Singh is a PhD in Economics from La Trobe University, Melbourne and public health is his progressive discipline - teaching and research.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) has led to suspicion among human beings; as the disease is highly contagious. This time the enemy is not the human being, but every human being is under risk of falling sick as it is a Coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks (WHO a 2020). The explosion has taken the shape of a pandemic from epidemic as it has crossed boundaries of the country, China to globally (see table 1 WHO b 2020).
Notably, highly populated regions, where people lack public health facilitates face increasing trauma of becoming sick. Individuals keep trying their best not to become infected. Pubs, clubs and nightclubs including cinemas, are susceptible to disease; including education and sport places; it requires a sustainable measure to prevent the disease spreading.
The right leadership has emerged in the required circumstances. Many had to leave their houses in times of riots and neighbours gave them shed to protect from rioters. Religious institutions have begun cancelling engagements to avoid gatherings to save humanity. Keeping a social distance has become a national priority, and the understanding has reached to its potential levels that to remain safe; humans are required to keep a range.
Football matches, cricket matches, speeches, and concerts have become of less importance; and this human behaviour is not under compulsion; rather it is a fittest to survival. Although stadiums are empty, there is a suspicion that if you are batting, you might catch a cold and flu and later virus from the wicket-keeper. Intellectuals are also getting suspicious of each other.
Not all cold and cough are COVID-19; so do not panic. If you have a fever, dry cough, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea and face breathing difficulties, check with your doctor (WHO a 2020). Have you recently come from overseas travel or were you in a group from where you suspect you got the disease; seek medical advice?
According to WHO, Coronavirus are common in animals; and when people get infected with these viruses, it then spreads from people to people. To remain safe, avoid direct contact with animals. Ensure good food safety practices at all times. Handle raw meat, milk or animal organs with care to prevent contamination of uncooked foods and avoid consuming raw or undercooked animal products (WHO a 2020). We all are given a choice; but the choice comes with implications. People are seen to be abstaining from alcohol and meat products.
Even among eatable essentials parents have become more selective; for example they have suspended their purchases for coffee pods and found a cheaper substitute tea or raw coffee. The Giffen paradox is being observed in current times. Sir Robert Giffen (1837-1910), the British economist observed Irish peasants were buying more potatoes as potato prices rose during the Irish potatoes famine in the nineteenth century. It was because they could not afford to buy fish, so they had to survive on potatoes.
Many developed countries like Australia are facing shortages of tissue boxes and toilet paper. It reminds as to produce goods and services at home instead depend wholly on foreign countries as a trade might shut-down due to calamities like this. The students of Economics are seeing rationing of goods which once was a concept in the economics textbook. For example, the Coles Supermarket (Australia) has put a limit on the purchase of pasta, flour, dry rice, paper towels, paper tissues and hand sanitizer to 2 items per customer (Coles 2020).
SITUATIONAL TAX: As many people lost their jobs due to COVID-19; Governments shall put a â€žsituational taxâ€&#x; immediately equivalent to two-to-three months salary or more also seeing their past and current household economic situation. It shall apply to everyone, including university lecturers/Professors, Journalists, Politicians and film stars; it will not be reimbursed in any forms; tax-return or rebates. This tax is patriotic towards its citizens respectfully imposed without delay (without parliamentary debates or University discussions).
FORGOT TO THANK YOU! When I did not get a response from the big; I began seeing the small; who are walking miles; without food day and night So that disease does not spread as there is no cure People locked themself without a job Dr Baljit Singh Sunday 29 March 2020 In the high-rise buildings; people use lifts with suspicion and control their breath to avoid virus contraction. People are avoiding hugging and kissing and a handshake; including not touching the fingers while buying and selling at the counter. The suspicion has risen to such a height that there might be deliberate contamination; not to take risks by touching anything.
The New Home Display Centres, including inspections of purchasing or renting a house, are also following oneperson appointment norms to follow distancing.
People want normalcy, therefore, those schools where they see cases of COVID-19; those schools have shut down, and public school are in waiting for the health officer's command. Also, the government does not want all school children to be roaming around other places like cinemas or shopping centres as they shall be under the risk of COVID-19.
The risk-taking behaviour differs. For example, many pedestrians would not look back for cars while crossing the road as they know it is their first right, but to avoid risk; it is always good to look back while crossing. Therefore, the risk-taking attitude differs among people and institutions.
Normalcy everyone wants as people are required to be at work, and they can only function if they are healthy. In this undue disease calamity, we not only get to understand the differences in the risk-behaviour but also understand more about non-essentials. It also includes the
conduct of wars, riots, genocides, humiliations and tricks as the victim and his associates suffer from it. Crime operates on risk-behaviour that they don't count on. Also do not rush in the shopping centres unnecessarily as their might a person standing with COVID-19 for all to become sick; likewise in the hospitals and other places; thick logically to take a stand.
It is essential to realise that if you are not used to abusive language, tricks, violence and humiliations; it will affect you more when you come across. Therefore, it is essential to keep distancing.
Keeping a social distance has become a natural thing until the issue of COVID-19 gets resolved – the rationality of the human mind in times of uncertainty – wars, riots, fights, tricks, humiliations and COVID-19. Keep yourself safe as you might be the only livelihood earner. Nevertheless, someone belongs to someone; a scare of any event is a trauma.
Being healthy when you visit the shopping centre, you will feel that while breathing some mucus-like thing has entered your mouth to the stomach; which is not yours; it is in the air among people. Here the virus grips you with irritations in throat, cough and cold.
Suppression: If you immediately take panadol or cough, cold and flu tablet you might experience that you have wrestled it down as it comes. Please share it with your doctor your experience so that doctors could advise in your limelight. Your grandparents might be suggesting drinking tea with ginger extract in it, or make gravy with lots of ginger and garlic in it to overcome mucous.
In a country like Australia, households use Glen 20 Disinfectant Air Freshener Spray – Hospital- grade that kills 99.9% viruses, germs and bacteria. It is to if someone got cold and flu and uses washbasin to blow his mucus others don’t get infected. Even a healthy person can become sick quickly due to contaminated air. It is essential to consider a product like this in every home to protect your family members through better health and hygiene practice. Schools too might seek to do so in the classrooms and public toilets by seeking advice from the health authorities. Mouth masks are in use to not to allow contaminated air to take control of you; and, making people sick.
Do not create a crowd: You mustn't create a crowd by joining if you see your friends or standing in the corridor to collect your children from school. One inhalation is enough to get the mucus-like thing to get you cold and flu or Coronavirus. In the areas of traffic congestion, you might like to shut the widows of your car so that you don't inhale the virus; also you can open the window if anyone in the vehicle suffering from cold or flu or symptoms of COVID-19; decide as required.
If everyone looks after their family members; the virus will not spread. This way, you are not only protecting yourself, but you are also protecting others when they do not join each other, but you can make a phone call to ask the wellbeing, and you will find everyone has a similar thing to advise – distancing, and health and hygiene. WHO’s Key advice for older adults and people with pre-existing conditions
When you have visitors to your home, exchange “1 metre greetings”, like a wave, nod, or bow. Ask visitors and those you live with to wash their hands. Regularly clean and disinfect surfaces in your home, especially areas that people touch a lot. If someone you live with isn‟t feeling well (especially with possible COVID-19 symptoms), limit your shared spaces. If you become ill with symptoms of COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider by telephone before visiting your healthcare facility. Make a plan in preparation for an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community. When you go out in public, follow the same preventative guidelines as you would at home. Stay up to date using information from reliable sources. Source: WHO b (2020) Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report – 51 https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200311-sitrep-51-covid-19.pdf
MORAL OBLIGATION: COVID-19: Walking to their home town day and night without food as their factory closed the business: India. Those heading towards their destination by walking, the regional government can arrange a bus with a driver with no COVID-19 tested and those walking to their goal can be checked on the virus. If they are virus-free, the coach can take them to their destination. Likewise, workplaces through selectivity measures can help people not going through traumas. Are those serving at the Supermarkets without mouth mask susceptible to COVID-19? How many intellectuals are ready to get a job to the PhD? Deploy good policies, and sound economic policies are selective. There are special classes for the weak. Dr Baljit Singh (Melbourne) Saturday, 28 March 2020
Table 1: Countries, territories or areas outside China with reported laboratoryconfirmed COVID-19 cases. Data as of 11 March 2020
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Republic of Korea
United States of America
United Arab Emirates
Occupied Palestinian territory
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Republic of Moldova
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Data source: WHO b (2020) Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report â€“ 51 https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200311-sitrep-51-covid-19.pdf
References Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd (2020) Customer Notice. ENSURING ALL CUSTOMERS HAVE ACCESS TO NECESSITIES, Sunday 15 March, 3:30pm https://www.coles.com.au/customernotice WHO (a) (2020) Coronavirus https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus WHO (b) (2020) Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report â€“ 51. 11 March 2020 https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200311-sitrep-51-covid-19.pdf