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Social Work Research During Covid-19 Pandemic: Understanding the Issues and Challenges of the Corona Warriors

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The outbreak was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. The World Health Organization declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January and a pandemic on 11 March. As of 28 May 2020, more than 5.69 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported in more than 188 countries and territories, resulting in more than 355,000 deaths. More than 2.34 million people have recovered from the virus. To fight the dreaded disease from spreading its tentacles in the society, various workers in different capacities are engaged day in and day out and serving the society. The Doctors, paramedics, policemen, sanitation workers and others engaged in different duties in the fight against the COVID-19 are called "corona warriors. However, it is important to understand their state of mind and the various issues and challenges they face during these difficult crisis times. They are staying away from their families, undergoing the risk of contracting the virus and many more. Thus, by employing the secondary social work research methods, a study can be made by accounting/documenting the views, opinions and perceptions of the corona warriors during this ongoing pandemic. The narratives can help in future policy-level changes for the frontline workers to make them even more resilient for facing the mammoth challenges. Keywords: Corona, Warriors, Challenges, Pandemic, Social isolation

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