Coronavirus: why we help others, but forget about ourselves

Last week, WHO announced the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, Covid-19 has already managed to test the effectiveness of the management systems of different countries “by the tooth”.


So, while in China the epidemic was managed to take control largely thanks to the total control system, in Europe, with its “democratic values,” things are much worse. The USA, too, cannot boast of success, where due to bureaucratic delays even the development of tests was in jeopardy. What about us?

Russia does not have modern experience in combating epidemics, but it would be unfair to say that we are not at all ready. So, the State Scientific Center for Virology and Biotechnology "Vector" in February created the first samples of diagnostic tests. A few more companies continue to develop their own versions, including simplified, which can be used at home. Despite the fact that the mass production of tests has not been fully established, we already check up to 20 people a week.

In addition, last week, Russia passed test systems to the EAEU countries and Iran, which allow for 80 studies. And here a question arises for many: "Why are we helping others, if for now we ourselves are lacking?" There are some nuances here. Covid-000 in other countries has its own characteristics, and by sending such humanitarian aid, we get a unique opportunity to collect additional information about the effectiveness of our tests.

It is worth noting that the development of tests is not the only measure to combat the spread of coronavirus in our country. Russian scientists continue to work on creating a vaccine, enterprises engaged in the production of medical masks are switched to a round-the-clock operation, and new hospitals are being built.

But that is not all. In China, the army has made a significant contribution to curbing the epidemic. And so, on the eve it became known that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation began to form medical special forces.

At the same time, we do not start from scratch. Our military gained invaluable experience in humanitarian operations not only in Syria, but also in the Republic of Guinea, where Ebola was raging.

And again, back to the question: "Why help others, if they themselves are not all right?". The answer is prosaic: "To receive invaluable experience."

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  1. Bulanov Offline
    Bulanov (Vladimir) 17 March 2020 09: 57
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    Russia has left invaluable experience in combating epidemics in the USSR. You just need to pick up the archives.
    1. Arkharov Offline
      Arkharov (Grigory Arkharov) 17 March 2020 10: 21
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      Then everything was different, there were no such fast and continuous movements around the world. And the diseases that were dealt with were all old and famous.