Hello, I am sensible_jackfruit.
My first speech was about extreme weather. But this time, it is about pandemics. And I will be relating it to the current corona virus pandemic.
A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that has spread across a large region, for instance multiple continents or worldwide, affecting a substantial number of people.
Before we continue, I would like you to know that widespread disease that affects many individuals in a population is not a pandemic. It is an epidemic. There's a difference between a pandemic and an epidemic. For me, I will say that a pandemic is the spread of a disease across the globe and an epidemic is the spread of a disease within a country or a nation. I would like you to also know that the corona virus is not a disease. It's a virus.
As we all know that the coronavirus has spread around the world, unfortunately there have been some confirmed cases in my country, Ghana. There have been more than 7000+ confirmed cases in Ghana, the corona virus has killed about 30+ people in Ghana, and some too have recovered; about 2000+ people in Ghana.
As individuals, we need to protect ourselves and others. Some of the things we can do as individuals to protect ourselves are washing of hands frequently with soap under running water, staying at home- unless you have to go out for an important thing, wearing of face masks when you go out and use of sanitizers when there is no soap and water available.
Governments can also help in the fight against the coronanvirus. Governments can provide face masks, hand sanitizers, soap and water for schools, churches and homes. I think this would work because we need to wash our hands freauently with soap under running water, we need to use sanitizers when we go to places that there is no soap and water available, and we need to wear a face mask whenever we go out. Since the corona virus has already spread into different countries, the governments should focus on both preventative and reactive actions to reduce the effect of the corona virus on the people of the country and the economy and also to prevent the virus from spreading. For the corona virus I think global responses would work. Different countries can work together to fight the corona virus pandemic.
My vision for the future is that we should keep the environment clean, eat healthy food so that no one gets sick, so that the disease or sickness does not become an epidemic which would later become a pandemic. This will go a long way for the world to become a better place for future generations.
Thank you for your time.