International Day of Epidemic Preparedness on December 27 serves the purpose of creating awareness about epidemics. The truth is, the world has been infected with numerous epidemics in history. However, mankind still managed to survive by finding ways to curb the spread of viruses. But, don’t you think a great number of lives can be saved if nations are already prepared for a deadly epidemic/pandemic to strike? If you believe awareness and preparedness are key, celebrate the day with great fervor and spread the message. Play your part in fighting any epidemic that might come our way!
History of International Day of Epidemic Preparedness
In late 2019, the coronavirus outbreak began in China. Numerous areas of the city were sealed as the infection rate began to rise and the body count increased. However, even though the news of the virus spread across the world, the authorities were unable to contain the disease. Within a few months, cases of COVID-19 emerged across the world and the death toll escalated. The virus, which was initially presumed to be the flu, was announced to be a pandemic that had impacted millions of lives across the world.
Due to the pandemic, the holes in the healthcare systems of several countries were revealed as hospitals ran out of beds and ventilators. In fact, there was a point when hand sanitizers and surgical masks were also out of stock. However, after months of studying the pandemic, several health experts believe that COVID-19 could have been contained if the world was prepared. Keeping this in mind, the first-ever International Day of Epidemic Preparedness was held on December 27, 2020. The day was called for by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate the importance of the prevention of, preparedness for, and partnership against epidemics. This was deemed necessary since COVID-19 highlighted the importance of investing in systems to prevent, detect and respond to infectious disease outbreaks. “COVID-19 is a human tragedy. But it has also created a generational opportunity. An opportunity to build back a more equal and sustainable world,” António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations said.
International Day of Epidemic Preparedness timeline
Cases of clusters of pneumonia are reported in China.
The genetic sequence of COVID-19 is shared by China.
The first case of COVID-19 outside of China is reported in Thailand.
WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic due to its alarming levels of spread and severity.
International Day of Epidemic Preparedness FAQs
Where did COVID-19 originate?
SARS‑CoV‑2 was first discovered in Wuhan, China.
Can COVID-19 be transmitted through food?
There is currently no evidence of COVID-19 being transmitted through food.
Can you get COVID-19 from feces?
There is a low risk of catching the COVID-19 virus from the feces of an infected person.
How to Observe International Day of Epidemic Preparedness
Spread knowledge about precautionary measures
Diseases can spread faster than ever before due to globalization. It is important to share information regarding vaccinations and other safety measures.
Host a webinar
Do your research and go online to find out what may cause an epidemic and how people can make an effort to control them. Host a webinar and share the knowledge you’ve gained.
Teach the children
Speak to your young ones. Teach them about the importance of washing hands, staying clean, sanitizing, and other small measures that aid in limiting the spread of diseases.
5 Interesting Facts About Epidemics
The 1918 epidemic
Influenza killed 5% of the world’s population.
A prehistoric pandemic
A village area in China that is now known as ‘Hamin Mangha’ was wiped out because of an epidemic.
An epidemic in Athens
The disease started in 430 B.C. and lasted for five years.
The American Plagues
These are Eurasian diseases brought to the Americas by European explorers.
The Black Death
The epidemic traveled from Asia to Europe.
Why International Day of Epidemic Preparedness is Important
It increases knowledge and awareness
The day is important because it spreads knowledge. Awareness about different pandemics that have previously affected the world and what their causes are is crucial to preventing or combating them in the future.
It improves the healthcare system
Discussions take place all around the world. Countries begin to formulate strategies that can help improve their healthcare systems.
It unites countries in combating epidemics
It’s unifying. The day serves as a platform where countries from different continents join forces to take strict measures against future epidemics.
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