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13 minutes agoAuthor: Aditya Dwivedi
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Kovid-19 has caused nearly two million deaths worldwide. About 70% of these deaths occurred in rich countries. Whereas more than 70% of the world’s population lives in poor countries. Where the death toll is less than 30%.
Poor countries were the worst hit during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Initial estimates for Kovid-19 were also made on the same pattern. Experts believed that in poor countries, there would be no place for burial of corpses.
A similar report was released by the International Rescue Committee in April 2020. It estimated that the Kovid-19 virus would have devastating effects in the 34 poorest countries in the world. Due to this, about 10 million people are corona infected and 3 million people may die due to corona. The report cited reasons such as lack of health services, dense population and dirt.
But the current data has proved the early days estimates to be wrong. At present, the death toll in every one million people is 48 in Pakistan, 47 in Bangladesh, 80 in Indonesia and 107 in India. All these are backward countries on the developing or economic front.
In a rich country like Belgium, Kovid-19 has killed 1734 people for every one million. Rich countries like UK, Italy and America are also in the same situation.
In such a situation, the question arises that despite higher per capita income, better health facilities, less dense population, why did Kovid-19 create such a death sentence in rich countries and poor countries are in relatively better condition? On similar questions, a study has been done in current science which has been prepared by three Indian researchers. These include Bithika Chatterjee, Rajiv Laxman and Dr. Shekhar Mande.
More cleanliness leads to more deaths in rich countries
According to Dr. Shekhar Mande, the population of countries with large GDP is more aged. For example, the average age of India is 27 years and that of Pakistan is 23 and that of Bangladesh is 22 years. The average age of Italy is 46 years and that of Belgium is 42 years. Such research has already come to the fore that the elderly are more at risk of Kovid-19. Therefore, there were more than Kovid-19 deaths in rich countries.
According to the study, auto-immune diseases are less in rich countries due to more cleanliness. Therefore, the body remains completely unaware of the virus. Seeing the corona virus, the body gave such a severe reaction that caused damage to its body itself.
In the study, ‘Hygiene Hypothesis’ has also been cited as a major reason for more deaths. According to the Hygiene Hypothesis, in countries where there is less cleanliness, people are vulnerable to infectious diseases at an early age. Because of this their immunity becomes stronger.
In contrast, the rich countries have facilities for cleanliness, healthcare and vaccine, due to which they are protected from infectious diseases and their immune system is not ready to fight it.
Rich countries need immune training
Although the study shows the relation between sanitation and death of Kovid-19, it does not mean that clean countries should move towards dirt. According to the study, attention should be paid to immune training through microbiome therapy. So that the body is ready to fight any such possible virus.
It is important to note here that despite the high GDP and average lifespan of some countries like Japan, Finland, Norway and Australia, Kovid-19 has a lower death toll. Which should be considered just a few exceptions.