CoronaVirus: Five possible reasons why COVID-19 is less common in Nepal.
Overall, 9 cases of Coronavirus have been found in Nepal to date among which 1 has already been recovered whereas the remaining 8 are still in isolation. Til the 5th day since when the 9th case of coronavirus was found here, 2895 sample test has been done among which 9 came positive and remaining 2886 came negative according to the Ministry of Health and Population of Nepal.
Here are the possible 5 reasons why COVID-19 has been less common in Nepal:
Fewer tests of Coronavirus in Nepal
Some doctors say that the number of infected people is low because of the shortage of tests in Nepal. Based on what they say by looking at the number of people tested, it cannot be said that coronavirus has not spread very much in Nepal.
The former head of the Shukraj Tropical and Infectious Diseases Hospital, Baburam Marasini says the speed and number of tests in Nepal should be increased. “We have been saying this from the beginning,” he says, “especially since January when many tourists came to Nepal.” Such an infection could have been cured on time, he said.
Some of the government doctors said that such fewer tests were due to Kathmandu-centricity, lack of testing materials, kits and equipment, and doctors refusing to take samples.
2. Nepali lifestyle
Some physicians have argued that coronavirus infection may not be very prevalent due to the Nepali lifestyle. But they say that it cannot be ascertained without extensive study.
ShukraRaj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital Clinical Research Unit Head Dr. Sher Bahadur, again, believe that there may be less infection due to the Nepali lifestyle. He said, “We play a lot of water and eat a lot of food. We also have little to do with shaking hands, hugging, or kissing. Such activities may have prevented the spread of coronavirus.”
“Now it needs to be studied in detailed.”
3. Nepali’s immune system is ‘strong’.
Experts say that the average immune system in Nepal is different compared to others, it may be that why coronavirus infection is low. They argue that even if the test is short, reports of a contagious infection with coronavirus in Nepal have not been reported in a single toll or village.
Dr. Marasini says, “The ability to fight certain diseases varies by race. There have been many studies that have been conducted on this. In the US, even white and black races have less and less able to fight any single disease.”
“Another example is that in Thailand, fenugreek is not considered a very serious disease. People seem to have digested it. But here it has become very deadly.”
Similarly, Nepal was not affected by the SARS epidemic. It may not have been seen even because the test was low.
4. Effect of BCG vaccine
BCG vaccine is given to prevent tuberculosis. With the spread of coronavirus infection, the vaccine is now being debated worldwide.
According to the BBC World Service, a recent study to be released shows that coronavirus infection is lower in countries where the BCG vaccine is given.
In Nepal, the vaccine is mandatory for children. Because of this, the infection is less prevalent in Nepal and even infected people may only show common symptoms due to the effects of the vaccine, experts say.
5. The infrastructure for spreading the virus is low
Another reason why coronavirus infections are so rare, especially in less developed countries, is the lack of urban infrastructure that contributes to the spread of the virus, physicians argue.
“Even if kept clean regularly, such structures keep getting crowded. Artificial temperatures are set there but sunlight never goes in. It has been proven that the virus stays in place for a long time. There is no such structure in Nepal,” says Marasini. He argues that transit might have been lessened due to the fact that most of the traffic in Nepal is hindered by sunlight and foreigners do not climb in public transport.
But in Nepal, except in some places in Kathmandu, there is no such infrastructure, so the chain of transmission can be broken.
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