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Peek Through the Year 2020

by Nirmal Parihar
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The year 2020 has been a roller-coaster of ups and downs filled with emotions no less than a soap opera.

From raging wildfires in Australia, killing millions of wildlife animals to near war like conditions in the Persian Gulf, the world is amidst its one of the most gruesome solar cycle.

From major man-made discoveries like the study of ‘Arrokoth’, the most distant body ever observed by a spacecraft, to natural calamities like the eruption of volcano Taal in Luzon leading to the evacuation of thousands of locals, the world sure has a lot on its platter right now.

However, the highlight of the year is the global outbreak of a virus (named COVID-19 by WHO), which has taken over the entire planet by a swoop, affecting millions of people all over the world on an unfathomable level.

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) which was first identified in December 2019 in Wuhan, China.

 The outbreak was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern in January 2020 and a pandemic in March 2020.

 As of today, more than 43.5 million cases have been confirmed, with more than 1.15 million deaths attributed to COVID-19 and as of September 2020, India has the largest number of cases in Asia and second highest in the world just after the US with the total number of cases over 5 million.

Amidst the chaos and confusion, several lives are affected not only because of the virus but due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to control the spread of the same.

Ranging from thousands of migrants stuck outside the country, to millions of migrants stuck within the state borders, the country is trying its best to get people to their families and loved ones.

But just like every dark cloud has a silver lining, the heroes of this “doomsday” a.k.a. Doctors are certainly working around the clock to treat the population around the world.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate the people around us who made it possible for the commoners like us to survive through this period of lockdown and made us realize the true sense of the word “aatmanirbhar“.

Not only doctors but also the daily essential providers are the ones who kept the world running in this time of havoc.

Certainly, life hasn’t been very forgiving this year but losing hope means losing the battle against the odds. And one thing that humanity has learnt a hard way is to never give up.

With the development of vaccines under progress in all the parts of the world and following the standard operating procedures laid down by the WHO, the world is slowly gaining its momentum and will hopefully return to its normal self shortly.

Lessons learnt in this time, ranging from “personal independence” to international assistance, to fight the coronavirus outbreak shall be carried forward to the time to come, where leaving the personal disputes and diplomatic problems behind the world acted as one in its endeavor to save mankind.

Let’s hold hands (not literally. Please maintain social distancing), and fight this war together as one. For one it has rightly said, this too shall pass.

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