The world has faced disease outbreaks such as Zika, Ebola, Mers a particular type of coronavirus, and the 2019 coronavirus within the past five years. The virus has affected several people, and around 130 people have died from Coronavirus in China (Read et al., 2020). Unlike various other disease outbreaks whose vaccines came after years, the research for coronavirus vaccine begun within hours after the outbreak. The Chinese officials released the genetic code for the coronavirus immediately. The greater commitment of the government officials and advancement in technology helps in research on emerging diseases.
The experts now are not specific on the way the virus is deadly and contagious. The growing health crisis has increased panic and fear among people on the containment of the disease. The communities around the world are bracing for the likelihood of developing a potential wave of disease. Despite such fear and anxiety all over the world, preparedness to handle such outbreaks is shocking. CDC previously had warned on the high rates at which new pathogens emerge, probably due to the increase in global warming. China, the country, which the source of coronavirus, seems to act quickly follow previous experiences of disease outbreak, especially the crisis, which developed due to SARS that occurred in 2002 (Read et al., 2020). The Chinese experts acted immediately and alerted the WHO within a month of discovering the first case of coronavirus. Besides, the country implemented the strategy of isolation and quarantine in the city of Wuhan and started to build a hospital in the city to handle cases of coronavirus.
The worldwide experts seem to have withheld sensitive information such as the disease spreads between people. Besides, the officials have failed to share the virus samples with the community of scientists. The experts in the entire world are now beginning to caution other countries to prepare for coronavirus, just in case the efforts applied by the Chinese fail (Huang et al., 2020). A challenge that arises with quarantine is that it is difficult to handle and quarantine a more prominent place with numerous individuals. During the first identification of coronavirus cases in the United States, President Donald Trump stated that the situation was in control, only to identify the other five cases in four different states of the United States.
World Health Organization is working hand in hand with governments, global experts and its partners to ensure the increase in scientific knowledge on the new coronavirus, to trace the virulence and spread of the virus and to educate individuals and countries on various strategies to prevent the continuity of the outbreak and to protect health. WHO is trying to focus on response and preparedness measures because travel restrictions are perceived as the right measure to apply, but at the same time, it can cause many social disruptions to several individuals.
IOM, on the other hand, has joined hands with WHO and global experts to ensure the implementation of appropriate preparedness and response strategies. Some of the measures include cross-border coordination, involving the communities on the move, migrant education and outreach, and breaking of transmission chains. IOM has also helped the government of China concerning the various question of migration and health through training on hygiene standards and guiding best practices (Corman et al., 2020). In conclusion, the world is not ready for coronavirus, but because of anxieties concerning the disease, the world is trying to adjust to the health crisis.
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