Ready to live with Corona

Author : Dr. P D Gupta 

Former Director Grade Scientist, Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad (INDIA), Email:, Cell: 080728 91356 

Now our Indian and state governments, politicians and health care policy makers  started saying it’s time to start “living with the virus.” The argument may be many including upcoming elections. 

Scientifically speaking, Omicron variant of the coronavirus causes milder illness, which presents less of a threat on an individual level. Additionally, after Omicron, so many people will have some form of immunity — through either vaccination or infection — that subsequent waves may be smaller and more manageable. In my book Corona Gyan which was published in October, 2020,  I put as sub heading on title page “ Know Corona well as you have to live with it.”  Now it has come true.  

In addition to some compelling reasons for agreeing to live with Corona. 

Rich countries lure health workers from low-income nations to fight shortages 

Save rich and put  poor in danger. Relaxed all restrictions and rules for immigration to lure health workers from poor countries, United States and United Kingdom are aggressively recruiting medical workers from the developing world to replenish a health care workforce drastically depleted in their countries by the COVID-19 pandemic. The urgency and strong pull from high-income nations — including countries such as Germany and Finland, which had not previously recruited health workers from abroad — has upended migration patterns and raised new questions about the ethics of recruitment from countries with weak health systems during a pandemic. 

During this period it is seen an increase in international migration, ”About 1,000 nurses are arriving in the United States each month from African nations. There are an estimated 10,000 foreign nurses with U.S. job offers on waiting lists for interviews at American embassies around the world for the required visas. Since the middle of 2020, the number of international nurses registering to practice in the United Kingdom has swelled, “pointing toward this year being the highest in the last 30 years in terms of numbers, The Philippines and the Caribbean The Philippines has deliberately overproduced nurses for years with the intention of sending them abroad to earn and send remittances; nurses from these countries make up almost the entire workforce of some Persian Gulf states. But now the Philippines is reporting shortages domestically.  

The  pandemic has made many seniors less active 

All over the world many health experts are worried about worsening physical conditioning and mobility among older adults since Covid-19 upended the daily routine. Many health experts are worried about worsening physical conditioning and mobility among older adults since COVID-19 upended the daily routine. Recent research indicates that many of those who had mild to moderate infections, even some who have managed to avoid the virus altogether, may be suffering functional declines.

Declines in physical function are showing up in aged population. Nearly half of those 65 and older who had contracted COVID reported less ability to engage in physical activity like walking and exercising than before the pandemic — but so did about one-quarter of those who did not become infected. Smaller proportions of those uninfected said their ability to move around the house, and to do housework like dishwashing and dusting, had also declined. 

Work from home phenomenon 

The loss of workplace formalities like fixed start and stop times, managerial hierarchies with clear pathways for advancement and professional norms that create boundaries between personal and professionally acceptable behaviour only hurt workers. A 2020 Harvard Business School study of digital communications across almost 21,500 companies found that the average workday increased by 8.2 percent during the early weeks of pandemic lockdowns. 

On line studies, conferences and seminars 

The COVID-19 has resulted in schools shut all across the world.     All Children are out of the classroom specially those learned to go to school lately. As a result, education has changed dramatically, with the distinctive rise of e-learning, whereby teaching is undertaken remotely and on digital platforms. With this sudden shift away from the classroom in many parts of the globe, some are wondering whether the adoption of online learning will continue to persist post-pandemic, and how such a shift would impact the worldwide education market due to  the unplanned and rapid move to online learning – with no training, insufficient bandwidth, and little preparation . 

Similarly during in all conferences and seminars people lost personal touch and understanding of body language of each other. (The author has his own study and views)