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Loneliness kills faster than poverty

Loneliness is a state of been alone and feeling dejected and abandoned. It is a feeling of needing a company when you feel insecure or emotionally troubled. Funny enough, you can be in the midst of friends, family, and colleagues, but yet feel lonely and lost.

The renowned Catholic nun, Mother Teresa shared her thoughts about loneliness: “The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.” The truth about feeling lonely and dejected is the fact that we are currently living in very peculiar times. People aren’t bothered anymore about the pains and the challenges their next-door neighbor may be going through.

Modern civilization has created a huge gap in the way people relate to each other. The social media craze has worsened the already bad situation, as the desire to please and be accepted by the society has made lots of people to lose their identity.

People now choose to create a false lifestyle in a bid to be accepted by those they feel are doing better than them. When expectations aren’t met, loneliness and depression inadvertently set in. Loneliness is a silent killer because its effect is not readily visible. It eats so deep and quiet until the individual eventually gives up in life.

One of the most obvious signs of our broken world is the feeling of isolation among individuals. We can be in a sports stadium with 100,000 other people, feeling a sense of solidarity because we are rooting for the home team, but when we get in the car to go home, loneliness hits us. Our internet culture does not allow for the human interaction needed to break through our lonesomeness.

The figures for those going through different stages of depression worldwide have skyrocketed in the last decade, even as the suicide rate has been on the increase. The WHO estimates that more than 300 million people of all ages suffer from depression worldwide.

Overall, more women suffer from depression than men. The sad reality is the harsh economic situation globally, which has not helped ease the burden on individuals who have been forced to find a means to stay strong even in the face of insurmountable challenges.

What kills people the most, is not the state of being lonely, it is the realization that nobody cares. You feel useless and lifeless. That is the pure definition of loneliness. Loneliness corners you at night and starts eating away at every fabric of happiness in your being. What’s left is a void, that too deep to be filled. It leaves in its wake depression and pain, which eventually leads to death.

To buttress how serious the issue of loneliness is, the United Kingdom in 2018, appointed a Minister of Loneliness. Tracey Crouch has been given the mandate to help stem the tide of loneliness that is prevalent in the UK.

The 42 years old has experience loneliness and would be using her wealth of experience to great effect in the fight to help individuals become better and more productive in life and career. Indeed, poverty truly kills, but loneliness has been known to kill even more!

COVID-19

Everything you need to know about Coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has become the number one subject in print, electronics, and social media in the past few months. It is been classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO), due to its global impact and the devastating effect it has had on the entire world. As of today, the 10th of May 2020, the total number of deaths globally, has risen to 279,000, while the number of confirmed cases stood at 4.02Million. A total of 1.38 Million people have gladly recovered from the virus.

What is Coronavirus?

It is a novel virus that is infectious. One significant fact about the virus is that it affects the respiratory system, which includes your lungs and airway, making it difficult for those infected to breathe properly. Patients infected with the virus are usually aided with ventilators. Some symptoms of the virus include high temperature and dry and persistent coughing. Scientist says the virus can incubate in the human body for up to 2 weeks.

Origin of Coronavirus

It all started November last year, in the famous Wuhan seafood market, in China. It is believed to have come from bats that were sold in the market. Unfortunately, it took a while before the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the first case of the virus in China. That announcement came on the 31st of December 2019. The seafood market in Wuhan was thereafter closed, but the damage had already been done as the virus had spread to other countries.

Issues became a bit hostile when the American president during one of his briefings in March called Coronavirus the Chinese virus. He claimed China knew about it before it escalated and that they should have reacted faster to stop its spread.

Any hope of getting a vaccine soon?

The race to get a vaccine is still on in different parts of the world. The truth, however, according to medical experts is that it will take approximately 10-15 years to normally produce a vaccine. However, this process can be fast-tracked to between 3 to 6 months at most.

What is the process involved in producing a vaccine

  • Basic understanding of the virus
  • Vaccine candidates
  • Pre-clinical testing to be carried out on animals
  • Clinical trials to be carried out on humans
  • Regulatory approvals
  • Production

it is undoubtedly a meticulous process, but as the world awaits some good news about the production of a vaccine to combat this dreaded virus, the lockdown has been put in place in virtually all countries affected by this pandemic. The situation has grounded all sporting and social activities and only essential workers are been allowed to go to work.

Some safety tips

  • Stay at home and only travel when it is very essential
  • Maintain social distancing of 2 meters apart when you go out for shopping or while with others.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds regularly or use hand sanitizer
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you sneeze or cough
  • Wash your hands before and after touching food items at home

For now, the Coronavirus figures have seemingly peaked in most countries and there are plans to relax the lockdown in France, Italy, and even the UK in the coming days. Hopefully, the worse of the pandemic has passed, and things will start picking up in most countries where there has been complete chaos as a result of the novel virus.

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