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Agenda 1: Impact of COVID 19 on psycho/ Mental Health 

The COVID-19 pandemic means that many of us are staying at home and doing less in terms of social interactions and exercise. This can have a negative effect on our physical and mental health. Therefore, the pandemic along with harming the economic system hugely impacted the mental health of the citizens. According to the new WHO survey, The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted or halted critical mental health services in 93% of countries worldwide while the demand for mental health is increasing.

As the surveys and investigations indicate, there are several reasons for the occurrence of Covid-19 psychological impacts. The high anxiety rate can be one of them. The un-clarity of the future, losing jobs and the seriousness of the disease were the issues that added to the high level of anxiety among the people. As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly sweeps across the world, it is inducing a considerable degree of fear, worry, and concern in the population at large and among certain groups in particular, such as older adults, care providers, and people with underlying health conditions. The pandemic has affected the livelihood, routines, and usual activities of the people, and resulted in the lack of communication between people

 Agenda 2: how to prevent a future pandemic

COVID-19 is the latest zoonotic disease to become a global pandemic. How do zoonotic diseases emerge, and what can we do to prevent them? The answers lie in fixing our broken relationship with nature. We have created environments that put all of us at risk. But by taking steps to protect the planet, we can protect people from a future pandemic.

To protect people from zoonotic disease, we must address the key, human-led drivers that put us at risk. Increased forest loss, land conversion, and illegally traded live wildlife are all contributing to dangerous environments that lead to new spillovers. As people encroach on wild habitats and exploit the natural world for their own gain, the risk of spillovers increases.

Now is the time to confront the environmental drivers of pandemics. Through transformative action, we can put nature on the path to recovery and reduce the risk of future pandemics, creating more sustainable and just societies for everyone. This is a pivotal moment to build a safer future for people and the planet.

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