Hope each one of you is in good health.
I am really glad that our PM has announced a complete lockdown for 21 days from today. If you see the pattern around the globe, even the most developed countries which were late in doing this, lost significantly in terms of time. The corona infected count kept increasing. And so did the death count.
I was really, really worried about us as we are a densely and highly populated country and the kind of selfish people we witnessed in last few days – skipping quarantine, taking paracetamol to evade thermal screening, meeting people and organizing parties – I realized that as a society we are not serious about this issue.
I kept telling people around me to stay at home as much as they can, as long as it is possible for them, but I received replies like – ‘You are worrying unnecessarily. There is nothing like that. It is a media hype.’
You have no idea how frustrating it is. For a doctor, nothing is as frustrating as a patient losing life due to carelessness. I sincerely prayed for a pan-India curfew. All doctors did as there is nothing else that can stop us, Indians, from roaming around needlessly except a strict lockdown. Obviously none of us wants to go the route of highly develped countries with exceptional health services who have now lost hope on corona control. Trust me, if we had taken that route, it would have been a big BIG disaster for us.
The count has been rising. And it has spread all over India. But I’m glad this decision of lockdown has been taken well in time.
So, yes, it is uncomfortable. It is difficult. It will be very very tough for some. Mainly daily wagers, farmers and poor. But if you have to choose between life and discomfort, anyone will choose life.
We will be patient and kind in this time. We choose life!
So stay home. Don’t even try to break the quarantine, especially in closed apartments or building complexes where there is no one to monitor you. Please be safe. Tell others to be safe and educate people to not roam around unless emergency.
Grocery items, dairy, vegetables, and fruits are exempt from this lockdown. And many more emergency services are exempted. Please read the Home Ministry guidelines circular and deal accordingly.
Let’s be together in the fight, accept this emergency situation and support the govt in tackling this menace – coronavirus.
We shall win. Amen.
Love you all,
PS – DO NOT PANIC. Things are under control.
Do not stock up more than you need. Be kind and share with those who are desperately in need more than you.