The recent Covid pandemic brought major changes in the life of people all over the world. Not only it changed our day-to-day life experiences, but our response to other infectious diseases as well.
The coronavirus outbreak did not come as a surprise to experts who warned about a pandemic for several years. However, the massive scale of the outbreak shook most of the countries in the world.
Covid transformed the health care system in the majority of the countries and probably our response to future infectious diseases.
During the Covid pandemic, experts provided guidelines to prevent coronavirus infection in various ways. This includes wearing a face mask in public places, washing hands regularly, maintaining general hygiene, and social distancing. Meanwhile, the virus halted normal life for several months including the closure of schools and businesses.
Even though the novel coronavirus caused a large number of infections and deaths, experts are not sure if this will improve our response to future infectious diseases.
The advancements in science and technology did not help to control the number of coronavirus cases at the beginning of the pandemic. However, the habits of personal hygiene, adapting to social distancing, and wearing face masks helped limit the infection. This shows the importance of public response in controlling a pandemic.
According to a recent survey by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the majority of Americans will continue the habits of personal hygiene after the Covid pandemic. Moreover, 80% of the participants said that they will avoid huge gatherings after the pandemic is over. Also, 72% of participants agreed to wear masks after the pandemic.
The habits formed during the coronavirus pandemic translated during the flu season in winter this year. Most of the people followed the guidelines to prevent flu and took shots during the season. Moreover, the cases of other infectious diseases dropped in the previous months as well.
Recently, parents became more cautious about contagious diseases which led to lower cases of coronavirus among children. This behavior also shows that they will not send their kids to school in case of an illness in the future. This will help lower the cases of other infectious diseases among children as well.
Even though the behavior of people changed positively, experts are not sure how long these actions will last. With the coronavirus vaccine already rolling out, experts see a reduction in the number of cases.
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In the US, authorities administered nearly 46 million shots of the vaccine among high-risk group individuals. The coronavirus vaccine also changed the perspective of many anti-vaccine individuals. However, there is still a huge number of people who are against getting the vaccine.
Experts suggest that when people observe the effect of vaccines in the future, they will change their minds. This is the only way to reduce the number of cases and end the Covid pandemic. Moreover, a recent survey shows that the majority of Americans (71% of the individuals) are willing to get their coronavirus vaccine. The pandemic may also increase the investment in medical research and health care.