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How Coronavirus Has Helped The Food Sector

How Coronavirus Has Helped The Food Sector

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Coronavirus is the biggest pandemic of the 21st century, countries have halted, businesses have closed down and millions have been effected. Throughout this pandemic, where humanity has seem to come to a stop, what can we learn as species about this pandemic and what are the answers?
 

 

Eons ago, the Spanish Flu, a first of its kind influenza eradicated over 100 million people in 1918. The Spanish Flu was researchers first look into how humanity can be effected by a deadly virus. During the pandemic, a researcher named Richard Hatchett worked to find out how preventative measures can help slow the spread of an airborne virus. He coined the term ‘social-distancing’ that has been re-popularised due to corona virus. The ideology behind the measure was to create distance between between in order to allow medical practitioners to do their job without overwhelming country’s resources and medical staff.
 
The phrase ‘flattening the curve’ is a textbook example created by medical practitioners, when a virus can not be contained anymore. Today, health carers struggle to handle the surge people who are effected by Coronavirus and have advised the world to flatten the curve. With fewer people sick at once, services aren’t overwhelmed and deaths diminish. This buys time for doctors to treat the flood of patients and researchers to develop vaccines and antiviral therapies.
 
Between that pandemic and our current one is a powerful tool called the Internet. The internet allows people to reach others in ways we never thought imaginable. Not only has the internet helped create awareness about the virus, but during a time like this internet based businesses are thriving. When Pakistan shut down, people looked to online forum as a means of communication. Businesses, especially in Pakistan have taken leaps in recent years with the surfacing of applications, 3-step to your door and home-delivery services. Food delivery giants such as foodpanda Pakistan and other international restaurant franchises, emerging participants such as Careem Now, online grocery services and purely online business platforms are an essential need at this time. Services such as food delivery is one of the critical needs Pakistan has during it’s battle with coronavirus because a huge number of people are reliant on fast-food, us being a nation of foodies.
 
With Pakistan being on lockdown, grocery store delivery or even food delivery platforms can use this time to help flatten the curve. Instead of having multiple people go out to grab a bite or hoard at supermarkets for groceries, it can be delivered safely and sanitised to your home. With proper social distancing techniques, and health code guidelines food delivery is the safest bet to a successful lockdown.