Good morning everyone,
I really hope that all of you are doing well. And are healthy and calm during this Global Catastrophe of Corona Virus Pandemic. I wish you good health and safety for all of you and your families.
Whatever part of the world you stay in, please stay safe. Stay vigilant. Don’t Panic. Stay calm. But stay updated. Don’t turn a blind eye to safety measures.
If possible, do update me about the situation in your respective country. I keep worrying if you are safe.
It took a small particle-sized virus of around a few microns to tell us how we were going so wrong, at many levels and we need to go back to basics.
Officially a Global Pandemic now, Coronavirus outbreak has shook almost every country and all health administrations worldwide, without any discrimination. It refuses to be controlled as of now, till the last update. The new updates tell us that recently declared ‘free’ or cured people who were previously positive are now being tested positive all over again. That is, the virus is reinfecting. That means it doesn’t go from the system and stay inside our body, waiting for the right time (read low immunity) when it is conducive for it to grow again. This is a proposed theory right now. In short, we don’t know much about this novel virus. It is new to us.
Coming to India – The situation is like we are sitting on a ticking time bomb. It can blast at any moment. And stopping it is in OUR hands.
As of now, India, as a country of 1.3 billion people, has been doing good when it comes to containing a pandemic as contagious and as ruthless as Corona Virus. But no country, no authorities, no hospitals or doctors can do anything when they are not supported by the masses. We are limited in resources after all.
While the swiftness and diligence of Indian Govt. in taking steps to contain it and fight it are impressive, I am deeply disturbed by the callous approach of citizens of the country. How do you think we are able to stop this if we continue to do what we feel like?
We have to educate ourselves, take steps on a war footing, be on front foot and fight!! And the basic steps are not even difficult.
One of the most important things to do is SOCIAL DISTANCING –
All those who can, please please do this. Stay at home. Don’t go out unless emergency. Don’t attend lunches and dinners, no matter how important it is. Don’t eat out at restaurants. Avoid public parks, cinema halls (closed in many cities now) gyms, pools, wherever people collect in high numbers and close contact. It’s just a matter of a few weeks. PLEASE follow this.
Schools are closed in many states and so are places of recreation. And there is a reason to do so. The Govt. wants you NOT to collect in groups. That is why OFFICIAL orders of closure have been issued. That DOES NOT Mean that vacations have started and you roam around without any holds, like the way some people are doing it. Have some responsibility for the small kids and older people who you might be infecting and they might not be as strong as you to sustain the infection.
The image of a swarm of people at Juhu beach, Mumbai, taken yesterday is both alarming and depressing. How can people be so irresponsible? Please don’t do this. Stop yourself and others too.
Countries like Italy, Iran, Korea, Germany, Britain have one by one fallen victim to this virus. We don’t want to join them.
Just imagine, can we afford this situation in our country?? We are at high risk – High population, overcrowding, limited resources, overloaded hospitals and scarcity of doctors and paramedical staff… we are ON The Edge!!! Everything goes against us.
NOW, it is only ‘WE’ who can do something and avoid getting infected. It’s time to bunker in. Cook at home. No harm in saving some basic necessities, for around 2-3 weeks to stop going to supermarkets and malls. Stay isolated and avoid people.
Those who have to go to office and need to step out – Please follow WHO guidelines –
- Wash hands after touching metallic objects, using office loo and regularly (for around 30 seconds minimum and 1 min ideal ) following the standard protocol of hand washing.
- Do not touch your face, eyes, ear, mouth with your hands. Hands have fomites.
- Sanitise regularly when out of home.
- Do not shake hands with people, do not hug or step close to strangers.
- Sanitise phone screens, laptops, office desk, files and pens after exchanging it with others
- Stay at 1 m distance from everyone … EVERYONE… whether they are infected or not. There are many asymptomatic carriers and transmitters ( who have not affected themselves but can infect others, esp high rish individuals) You can be one of them too.
- Stay hydrated
- Self Quarantine in case of fever or flu like symptoms.
- Wear masks if you are sneezing or dropping nasal droplets
- Sneeze in the fold of your elbow or in a napkin
Go through the WHO site for further details about what to do and what not to do –
DO NOT GO OUT IF IT IS NOT NECESSARY!!!!
I repeat – DO NOT GO OUT IF IT IS NOT NECESSARY!!!!
The right time to take an action is NOW!!! India has ONLY 30 days before the pandemic shifts from Stage 2 to Stage 3. We are at stage 2 right now.
Let’s play an active role in being responsible citizens and cut down every route of transmission of this virus.
We can do this. We will fight it and survive!!!
Lots of love to all of you.
Stay blessed. Stay positive. And let me know how you are doing at your end. And if you have suggestions to get past this pandemic.