Covid19: How Many Lives Does Lockdown Save?

As the whole world is fighting with the coronavirus, most of the countries are lockdown to tackle this pandemic disease. Since lockdown is the only measure due to which we can save ourselves from the coronavirus. Thus, the only precaution we can take is social distancing due to which governments ordered to lock down most of the cities almost in every country.

The global economy is severely affected by lockdown. There are no jobs; almost 1.5 billion learners still cannot attend schools or universities. For most of us, it is frustrating, inconvenient, and challenging to stay at home all the time. But governments are ensuring that lives can be saved by quarantine. According to scientists at Imperial College, London, released a report which shows that in Europe the government saved 59,000 lives in 11 different countries.

The research shows that COVID-19 affected 15% of the Spanish population along with 9.8% in Italy and 2.7% in the U.K. Furthermore, Germany and Norway have the lowest infection rates with 0.7% and 0.4%, respectively. Since Italy and Spain have a high death ratio, the countries would have destroyed if the government hasn’t taken action on time. The lockdown saved 38,000 lives in Italy and 16,000 in Spain at the end of the March. Besides this, lockdown in France saved 2,500 as well as 560 in Belgium.

Advantages of Lockdown During the Coronavirus Attack

Countries that are under complete lockdown are experiencing the unintended benefits of it. In Venice, the canals are getting clearer, along with these fishes are also visible in the water. Since due to coronavirus, boat traffic is absent; hence the canals are getting clean. In simple words, it changed the destructive effects of climate change.

A leading developer of the Cool Climate Network, Christopher Jones, said that “If we can think about how to prepare for climate change like a pandemic, maybe there will be a positive outcome of all this.” He also said, “We can help prevent crises in the future if we are prepared. I think there are some big-picture lessons here that could be very useful.” Satellites also observed that carbon dioxide mission is even less. Hence this will directly affect the greenhouse gases. This is another positive effect of lockdown.

Since early January, there are more than 180,000 patients of coronavirus, and 7,100 people are dead due to coronavirus effect in the whole world. Some countries like China, Italy, Spain, India, etc. sealed their borders and restricted the arrival of people to control the rates of infection.    

Education Disruption Caused by Coronavirus

Most governments have closed the schools due to the spread of pandemic disease COVID-19. There are around 22 countries that declared a complete shutdown. Thus hundreds of millions of schools are also shutdown around the world.

According to the United Nations of Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the COVID-19 outbreak which disrupted the education of at least 290.5 million students worldwide. The lockdown is impacting over 89% of the world’s student population. UNESCO is also supporting the countries decision of immediate school closure. But they have to facilitate the continuity of education through online portals.

UNESCO’s Director-General Audrey Azoulay said, “We are working with countries to assure the continuity of learning for all, especially disadvantaged children and youth who tend to be the hardest hit by school closures.”