Tangible Benefits of the Pandemic is described towards the middle of this article. Make sure you read from the beginning until the end. There is always an opportunity during or in a problem. The current pandemic makes or created plenty of benefits for business generation.
Since the coronavirus Pandemic started in late 2019 due to corvids viruses infection life’s have been hard. Global reaction was to lock down some part of their respective country in attempt to keep the spread of the virus at bay. The action can’t help much and the situation keep on rising in some countries.
I know that majority of the people do not know what is going on behind the scene dealing with the current pandemic. It is my hope that everybody understands the hardship everybody is facing especially by the world leaders who manage the situation well.
The public also must adhere well to any guidelines introduced in their own respective country to contain the spread of the virus. The following timeline of Response below are taken at random from the timeline from WHO at https://www.who.int/
31 Dec 2019
WHO’s Country Office in the People’s Republic of China picked up a media statement by the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission from their website on cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ in Wuhan, People’s Republic of China.
The Country Office notified the International Health Regulations (IHR) focal point in the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office about the Wuhan Municipal Health Commission media statement of the cases and provided a translation of it.
WHO’s Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources (EIOS) platform also picked up a media report on ProMED (a programme of the International Society for Infectious Diseases) about the same cluster of cases of “pneumonia of unknown cause”, in Wuhan.
Several health authorities from around the world contacted WHO seeking additional information.
1 Jan 2020
WHO requested information on the reported cluster of atypical pneumonia cases in Wuhan from the Chinese authorities.
WHO activated its Incident Management Support Team (IMST), as part of its emergency response framework, which ensures coordination of activities and response across the three levels of WHO (Headquarters, Regional, Country) for public health emergencies.
2 Jan 2020
The WHO Representative in China wrote to the National Health Commission, offering WHO support and repeating the request for further information on the cluster of cases.
WHO informed Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN) partners about the cluster of pneumonia cases in the People’s Republic of China. GOARN partners include major public health agencies, laboratories, sister UN agencies, international organizations and NGOs.
3 Jan 2020
Chinese officials provided information to WHO on the cluster of cases of ‘viral pneumonia of unknown cause’ identified in Wuhan.
4 Jan 2020
WHO tweeted that there was a cluster of pneumonia cases – with no deaths – in Wuhan, Hubei province, People’s Republic of China, and that investigations to identify the cause were underway.
5 Jan 2020
WHO shared detailed information about a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause through the IHR (2005) Event Information System, which is accessible to all Member States. The event notice provided information on the cases and advised Member States to take precautions to reduce the risk of acute respiratory infections.
9 Jan 2020
WHO reported that Chinese authorities have determined that the outbreak is caused by a novel coronavirus.
10 Jan 2020
The Director-General spoke with the Head of the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China. He also had a call to share information with the Director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
10-12 Jan 2020
WHO published a comprehensive package of guidance documents for countries, covering topics related to the management of an outbreak of a new disease:
• Infection prevention and control
• Laboratory testing
• National capacities review tool
• Risk communication and community engagement
• Disease Commodity Package (v1)
• Disease Commodity Package (v2)
• Travel advice
• Clinical management
• Surveillance case definitions
9 Feb 2020
WHO deployed an advance team for the WHO-China Joint Mission, having received final sign-off from the People’s Republic of China that day. The mission had been agreed between the Director-General and President Xi Jinping during the WHO delegation’s visit to China at the end of January. The advance team completed five days of intensive preparation for the Mission, working with China’s National Health Commission, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, local partners and related entities and the WHO China Country Office.
24 Feb 2020
The Team Leaders of the WHO-China Joint Mission on COVID-19 held a press conference to report on the main findings of the mission.
The Mission warned that “much of the global community is not yet ready, in mindset and materially, to implement the measures that have been employed to contain COVID-19 in China”.
The Mission stressed that “to reduce COVID-19 illness and death, near-term readiness planning must embrace the large-scale implementation of high-quality, non-pharmaceutical public health measures”, such as case detection and isolation, contact tracing and monitoring/quarantining and community engagement.
Major recommendations were developed for the People’s Republic of China, countries with imported cases and/or outbreaks of COVID-19, uninfected countries, the public and the international community. For example, in addition to the above, countries with imported cases and/or outbreaks were recommended to “immediately activate the highest level of national Response Management protocols to ensure the all-of-government and all-of-society approach needed to contain COVID-19”.
Success was presented as dependent on fast decision-making by top leaders, operational thoroughness by public health systems and societal engagement.
In addition to the Mission press conference, WHO published operational considerations for managing COVID-19 cases and outbreaks on board ships, following the outbreak of COVID-19 during an international voyage.
3 Mar 2020
WHO issued a call for industry and governments to increase manufacturing by 40 per cent to meet rising global demand in response to the shortage of personal protective equipment endangering health workers worldwide.
This call fits within a broader scope of ongoing engagement with industry, through WHO’s EPI-WIN network and via partners, such as the International Chamber of Commerce and World Economic Forum, the latter of which has supported COVID-19 media briefings at the regional level.
23 Mar 2020
WHO and FIFA launched the ‘Pass the message to kick out coronavirus’ awareness campaign, led by world-renowned footballers, who called on people around the world to protect their health, through hand washing, coughing etiquette, not touching one’s face, maintaining physical distance and staying home if feeling unwell.
31 Mar 2020
WHO issued a Medical Product Alert warning consumers, healthcare professionals, and health authorities against a growing number of falsified medical products that claim to prevent, detect, treat or cure COVID-19.
9 Apr 2020
WHO marked 100 days since the first cases of ‘pneumonia with unknown cause’ were reported with an overview of key events and efforts taken to stop the spread of coronavirus.
5 Jun 2020
WHO published updated guidance on the use of masks for the control of COVID-19, which provided updated advice on who should wear a mask, when it should be worn and what it should be made of.
13 Jun 2020
WHO reported that Chinese authorities had provided information on a cluster of COVID-19 cases in Beijing, People’s Republic of China.
Officials from the National Health Commission and Beijing Health Commission briefed WHO’s China country office, to share details of preliminary investigations ongoing in Beijing.
WHO offered support and technical assistance, as well as requested further information about the cluster and the investigations underway and planned.
9 Jul 2020
The WHO Director-General announced the co-chairs of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This announcement was a response to the request in a landmark resolution adopted by the World Health Assembly in May, which called on WHO to initiate an independent and comprehensive evaluation of the lessons learned from the international health response to COVID-19.
In remarks to WHO Member States, the Director-General said the Panel will be co-chaired by former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark and former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. In the past, WHO’s internal evaluation department would serve as a secretariat in independent evaluations but the Director-General proposed an independent secretariat fully accountable to the two co-chairs and the panel, due to the unique situation.
21 Dec 2020
WHO issued a Disease Outbreak News report on the SARS-CoV-2 VUI 202012/01 variant reported to WHO by UK authorities.
14 Jan 2021
Thirteen scientists from the international Virus Origins Mission team, WHO and OIE examining the origins of the virus that causes COVID-19 arrived in Wuhan, China.
15 Jan 2021
WHO hosted a global R&D forum to identify knowledge gaps and set research priorities for vaccines against SARS-CoV-2.
Topics of discussion included: the safety and efficacy of existing vaccines and new candidates, ways to optimize limited supply, and the need for additional safety studies.
Experts agreed the need for critical research ¬– including trials, modelling and observational studies on administering vaccines – in different target populations, as well as on vaccination delivery strategies and schedules.
They discussed the impact of emerging SARS-CoV-2 variants on the efficacy of vaccines, the impact of vaccines on transmission of infection, and the need to develop the next generation of vaccine platforms.
The meeting concluded with agreement to establish a WHO-hosted platform for global sharing and coordination of emerging vaccine research information on efficacy and safety.
18 Jan 2021
The 148th session of the Executive Board started.
The Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programmed presented on the COVID-19 situation and strategic response, saying that “in 2021, we must redouble our efforts to suppress transmission, protect the vulnerable and save lives in a comprehensive, coordinated and equitable fashion”.
The Senior Advisor on Organizational Change to the Director-General presented on accelerating access to vaccines through the ACT Accelerator & COVAX.
The Review Committee on the Functioning of the International Health Regulations (2005) during the COVID-19 Response presented an interim progress report. The Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response presented its second report on progress.
Verbal reports were also provided by the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (IOAC) and Global Preparedness Monitoring Board (GPMB).
In his opening remarks, the Director-General warned that the world was “on the brink of a catastrophic moral failure” with equitable access to vaccines at serious risk, as “some countries and companies continue to prioritize bilateral deals, going around COVAX, driving up prices and attempting to jump to the front of the queue”.
The Director-General welcomed proposals from the European Union, relating to a pandemic preparedness treaty, and the GPMB, on a global health security summit.
The Director-General also thanked the USA for its decision to maintain its membership in WHO, in addition to joining the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator and COVAX.
Online Business blooms– there are thousands of online commerce website, dropship store, warehouse, online teaching, online training, online meeting created to keep the business going.
Courier services Bloom and boom-to support online business are various logistic services that benefit too. The service become expensive but is the only way the business to be done.
Generate more money from zero money– many individual can make some money by just creating videos in TikTok, YouTube. Some individual create their own blog and ecommerce site to start selling other people products.
Business outlet quality improves-fewer customers allow the management to renovate and clean their premises. More awareness campaign is put in to make their customers confident about their services. For example, in restaurant or open air café customers are provided with hot water cups to soak the spoon or fork before using them.
Cleaner Air -Few vehicles on the road and many industries shut down reduce carbon dioxide emission into the air. Using computer models to generate a COVID-free 2020 for comparison, NASA researchers found that since February, pandemic restrictions have reduced global nitrogen dioxide concentrations by nearly 20%. The results were presented at the 2020 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis.(source Nasa.gov) Video at https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/13753
Movement control order– This was the first stage to prevent the spread of the disease and is still practiced under various terminologies such as enhances movement control order. This created plenty of hardship to perform daily routine to support life’s.
Banks reduced the number of customers inside their premises at any one time. Party, nightclubs are restricted. Wedding, birthday, funeral and any mass gathering of this sort are restricted. Restaurant, café too restricted the number of client at any one time.
Some government offices were close or restricted for regular customers. Clinic and hospital are all restricted to inpatient appointment. They may either allow only those with an appointment or emergency cases.
However, with all this restriction some individual still act with blind eyes and ears. The government especially the Malaysian government intensifies the order by introducing some fines for those who commit the offence. The offence of RM10,000 or USD2,500 will be enforced to those who commit some of the identified order. Individual who were caught were those who crossed the border between each district or division without police order, individual who don’t wear face mask in the public, individual who didn’t practice the 1M distance in the restaurant, café and those are just a few.
Quarantine for 14 days order are enforced to those who cross the border into or from a red zone( area where consistent number of cases are reported) Such individual must undergo swap test for corvid upon entry or before entry.