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Covid-19 in Iran, How Bad is the Situation? November 11, 2020
The Last Update of Coronavirus in Iran
Today, Iran has more than 703,288 infected people, and more than 39,202 confirmed deaths. 10,339 new cases and 453 new deaths have been recorded for November 10th, which is the highest numbers Iran has ever experienced. We are going to update these numbers every day based on official stats, so make sure to visit this article daily.
Iran is struggling with the third wave of Coronavirus as the country is reaching 10,000 daily new cases and 500 deaths in official stats. It seems like Iran needs a long-term quarantine, especially in the capital city, Tehran. However, the economic crisis makes matters even more complicated as many people lost their jobs due to covid-19 and international sanctions. Iran’s tourism is having huge problems and the future of this industry not clear at all. The good news is that the COVID-19vaccine is in its last stages and the UK has announced that it’s getting ready to apply vaccines from the beginning of December. Pfizer’s early data shows that their vaccine is more than 90% effective. In this complicated, and challenging time, Iranians try to keep their spirits up and continue their lives while following necessary cautions. They also hope to get the vaccine as soon as possible and try to get the economy and tourism back on track.
What is COVID-19?
According to the World Health Organization or WHO, coronavirus is a newly discovered virus called COVID-19; which is the reason for our global problem. The scientists could not exactly find the primary origin of coronavirus; they claim that COVID-19 has an animal origin. Although coronavirus's highly contagious nature is dangerous, most of the healthy people who get infected by this disease will not need any special treatment. The group of people who have their lives at risk if they get infected is the elderly or those with diabetes, heart problems, cancer, and generally people with weak immune systems. Today, coronavirus is worldwide and has made people concerned, but how did COVID-19 start in Iran?
Coronavirus in Iran
In the beginning, China was almost the only country suffering from coronavirus. However, due to China and Iran's close political and economic relationship, this virus found its way to Iran. The first Coronavirus case in Iran was officially confirmed on February 19th, 2020, in Qom, a city near Tehran, and spread all over the country. As I’m writing these words, it’s been 9 months that Iran is struggling with Coronavirus and it’s getting worse every day. People have adapted themselves to the situation and most of them use masks outside, but the weak economy doesn’t allow them to stay safe and sound at home. Difficult situations demand emergency response and we are going to experience new laws in Iran in the coming days and months.
How Are Iranians' Lives Changed During Quarantine?
Persian culture is famous for its intimacy and passion for others. In Iranians' social relationships, you can see how people are involved in each others' lives. Families and friends are the centers of communication, and people gather around every week to spend time with one another. Also, Iranian culture is full of physical contact like hugging and kissing. Therefore, being in quarantine is twice difficult for Persian people. Having no physical contact with others might be hard for people and can affect public health, leading to the depression of the whole society.
Iran already had a difficult time because of the sanctions and its economy was suffering severely, but now the Coronavirus's pandemic made it even worse. Many people are made redundant from their jobs every day. Many companies are facing bankruptcy, and many shopping centers and stores are closing. There are no active theater salons, cinemas, and art galleries to show the beauties of art to the people. More importantly, today, some Iranians are struggling to maintain their subsistence. Living during "the coronavirus time" can be a self-practice to adapt to this new situation.
What Do Iranians Do to Help Each Other During Coronavirus?
History has shown the sympathy and kindness of Iranians for other people. Iran has always experienced many difficulties during history. Therefore, they have learned how to cope with obstacles and disasters and help each other to survive. One of the friendly gestures of Iranians was their donations to hospitals for supplying equipment such as medical masks. Some actors/actresses and musicians used their social media accounts as their new platform for showing their art. Online concerts and screenplay readings provided a heartwarming time for art lovers.
Many concerned young people tried to produce entertaining and educational online programs for children to forget adults' difficult world and stay happy. Although this challenging and stressful situation is scary for Iranians and everyone else in this world, we are destined to live with it and nothing can save us except sharing our knowledge and abilities with others and caring about them. We should realize that race and color do not matter anymore, and we are in this together.