By Saqib Majeed
We are now witnessing the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. The average daily cases are crossing 150,000 mark in the US with almost 2,000 deaths each day. If you have been following our weekly articles, we published an article a few weeks back predicting the second wave of COVID-19 and how we could keep us and our loved ones safe during these tough times.
The cases are rising rapidly all over the world. Most of the Western Europe is in full lockdown now to lessen the impact of the pandemic. In our country university and schools are also shutting down. Overall, the situation is not looking very good but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. With Pfizer and Moderna announcing that their vaccines are almost 95% effective in preventing coronavirus everyone is now hoping that they’ll be available for general public very soon. By the end of this year we’ll have vaccines that are safe.
According to the study published by Pfizer and Moderna their vaccines don’t have any side effects apart from the usual and mild pain in the arm the day the vaccine is administered. This indeed is a ray of hope. It’s not just a big new but a huge achievement that pharmaceutical companies were able to develop a safe vaccine in a very short period of time.
Although it is a very good news, but it doesn’t mean that we put our guard down. We still need to be vigilant as it will take some time to get the vaccine ready for public. In the meantime, we need to protect not only ourselves but also our elderly citizens. They need to stay indoors and away from public gatherings. Since, they belong to a high-risk group of people it’ll be extremely reckless of us to put them in harms way by not wearing masks and avoiding social distancing.
A few days back a news broke out of a wedding that had more than 300 guests in Washington. Out of those 300 people 17 got tested and their test results came back positive. Even those people who didn’t even attend the wedding and had no knowledge of it got infected too because they came in contact with someone who did. As a civilized society it is our responsibility to keep not only ourselves safe but also look out for others especially our older population.
We hope that this nightmare will end soon, and we’ll all go back to our normal lives but for now we need to take responsibility and take care of everyone around us. If we start wearing masks and follow all the SOPs, we can nip this pandemic in the bud.
Vaccines are coming but until then every citizen of this country has a responsibility. We are a great nation and always have been. We have always come together in times of crisis and I’m sure the day is not far when we’ll all have our lives back but until then we, as a nation has to work together to defeat this virus.
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Daily cases tracker – CDC
Pfizer and BioNTech Conclude Phase 3 Study of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate, Meeting All Primary Efficacy Endpoints
Moderna’s Work on a COVID-19 Vaccine
Washing wedding with more 300 people