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Why do people fear Covid-19?



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The fear psychosis created among the people by the coronavirus could perhaps be genuine, due to the fact that they believe it to be some sort of a terminal disease. After all, a number of deaths have been reported from around the world and figures of those cured are just a minority percentage of the cases recorded.


Naturally, people would wonder what happens to the large number of persons who have not been cured. Would they be perpetually infected with the disease, with no hope of recovery? Will they have to suffer for the rest of their lives? Will it leave any stigmas? Will any parts of the body be affected? And, much more of such fears.


Leave aside the physical aspect, I believe that people are already mentally affected. We had never heard of a tsunami until it struck on Boxing Day, in 2004, and the current catastrophe could be considered a global one.


Of course, prevention is better than cure. But fears should also be allayed. It is incumbent on the WHO, and other responsible authorities, to educate the populace on the after effects of the disease, to prevent them from panicking, un-necessarily.


WILLIAM OPP


 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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