Ever since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that has spread throughout the world and thwarted economic growth and progress, there has been a need to create emergency response teams to combat the virus and help the victims.
Many public sector workers carry out frontline duties to confront the COVID-19 crisis, as they are identified as essential services in the fight against the deadly virus that has infected millions and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide.
The UK government and other governments of the world have taken certain stringent measures to support workers performing frontline duties during this time to protect their interest and speed up the process of combating the virus so that people can return to their normal lives. Here are some of the COVID and emergency workers during the pandemic.
These are perhaps the most important in the fight against the deadly virus, as they have been at the frontline of the fight against the pandemic since its outbreak in Wuhan, China in late 2019.
They have been treating patients to recovery and ensuring many of these patients are kept out of the ICUs as respirators and ventilators are scarce and some patients in hospitals can barely secure bed space.
They’re constantly risking their lives to take care of the men, women, and children of their country. Unfortunately, some have been infected and even killed in the process.
For that reason, the World Health Organisation and other health organisations globally have called upon governments to ensure healthy and safe working conditions for health workers across the world amidst the pandemic.
Medical equipment and supplies manufacturers
Manufacturers of medical equipment and medicines have also been classified as emergency workers during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
These are people who ensure there are enough N95 masks for health workers in their country. They are also responsible for the manufacturing and production of respirators, ventilators, face masks, and virus testing kits and agents.
Food and beverage sector
This group has also been categorised as emergency workers amidst COVID-19 pandemic because they ensure citizens have access to food, water, and beverages whilst practising social distancing and remaining in quarantine to flatten the curve.
Law enforcement agencies
The effort of the law enforcement agencies in the UK and across the world has not gone unnoticed, as they have been very effective in enforcing curfews and other government directives to ensure people comply with the restrictions put in place to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In countries under total lockdown, governments have had to use the police force to ensure people comply with the orders given. Elsewhere, they have been very helpful in enforcing curfews to ensure people are back in their homes by a certain time to prevent socialising in the evening and reversing the progress achieved so far in fighting the virus.
The media too have not been left behind as they constantly update the world on what is happening globally as far as the fight against the novel coronavirus is concerned.
These are just some of the COVID-19 and emergency workers globally, although the list is not exhaustive. With constant efforts to combat the virus, hopefully, governments will be able to control it before a viable vaccine can be developed to protect people against this deadly virus.
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