We are facing one of the worst virus pandemics of history of mankind and it doesn’t seem to stop anytime soon. We are talking about the spread of coronavirus or COVID 19 which originated from China and quickly spread to more than 150 countries around the world. If we do a little research, it seems that intensity and fatality of COVID 19 is in fact not the same and it changes from countries to countries. In some countries the confirmed cases are higher but fatality rate is lower while in another country, there are only a few confirmed cases but almost all of them were severe and the patients ended up dead. This and many other factors indicate towards the fact that there has to be some elements that somehow control or worsen the virus attack.
Situations when COVID 19 Becomes Extremely Dangerous:
- Air pollution:
A research from WHO shows that the cities and countries with higher index of air pollution are at greater risk of attacks from COVID 19. Because majority of the developed countries around the world is under attack of this virus, it’s not possible to find out the direct relation between pollution and virus spreading but there in fact a connection between these two elements. Major cities and countries where air is polluted with PM 2.5 particles are at greater risk for serious and fatal pandemic of COVID 19 virus. These particles come from automobile engines and by burning coal and wood at industrial level.
- Personal hygiene:
As soon there were confirmed cases of COVID 19, scientists and doctors started working on the cure and treatment of this virus and even if there is no known cure discovered to this date, it’s recommended to wash your hands frequently and don’t touch things used by other people because this virus can stay active on different surfaces for hours and even days and weeks. The countries where people don’t have high level hygiene habits are affected extremely by this virus.
- Way of living:
There is a secret connection between the pandemic affecting European countries at higher fatality rates than other countries i.e. Middle East and Asian countries i.e. Pakistan and Afghanistan. Although it’s still in research but some people state that Muslims who live in Asian and African countries have better chances to fight the virus because they have a habit of washing their hands, arms, faces and feet five times a day for saying prayers. Because they say prayers on daily basis, they also keep their clothes clean and go to bed early at night and get up early in the morning. On the other hand, majority of the people in USA and European countries usually stay awake until 2 or 3 in the morning and while they dance and have parties, it can cause quick spreading of the virus from one person to another.
- Health care facilities:
Countries where highest level of health care facilities are available, fatality rates are lower while the countries that lack even the basic health care system are seeing highest levels of deaths due to COVID 19 virus. For instance, we can talk about Germany that didn’t take this virus seriously in the beginning but as soon they realize that it’s a real threat, they immediately setup highest level health facilities and because of this system their fatality rate is just 0.3%. On the other hand, third work countries don’t have such high levels of health care facilities and so many ventilators and hospitals available for general public and as a result, fatality rate is even higher than 5% in these areas.
- Age, gender and ethnicity:
Another important aspect of COVID 19 pandemic is that it has affected extremely in the countries where majority of citizens are older than 50 years of age. For instance, Italy is one of the countries around the world where more than 200,000 people are affected and fatality rate is more than 20% just because their population has older people than young generation. In the same manner, we can say that the countries where women stay at home and don’t work full time jobs have seen only a few cases of COVID 19 attacking females.
- Underlying medical conditions:
If we evaluate the current situation of major countries around the world, it appears that USA has the highest number of registered cases, fatality rate and critical patients around the world. One of the reasons for COVID 19 hitting USA so hard is that this virus becomes deadly if met with an underlying health condition i.e. Asthma, Diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases and obesity and in America almost 2-3 out of 5 people are obese or at least 1-2 people out of 5 have diabetes.