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Continue doing what you are doing during pandemic: Covid19 diary
During this pandemic situation, we are getting a lot of information about the coronavirus. The picture painted by the media is horrible and scary. We have already crossed the numbers of corona patients more than 10.12 lacs. This number looks very scary, however if we believe the government data, the recovery is almost 6.5 lacs. It means our recovery rate is 65% which is quite good. Deaths are almost 26273 (2.5%). Looking towards statistics, India is doing good. Somebody may say that we are not doing enough tests and hence numbers reported are not right. Possibly few state governments are manipulating the data. Quarantine rules are changing, now patients with mild symptoms are asked to quarantine at their home. So, does it mean that corona has lost its importance as a dangerous & deadly virus? The debate of lock down itself is a different discussion.
What do you feel, when you think about Covid19?
People are also arguing that deaths due to other diseases and ailments are more than coronavirus. That is true but people forget that other diseases and illnesses are not spread like covid19. In fact, coronavirus itself is not deadly, the conditions caused by the virus are deadly. If you have pre-illness or ailment like diabetics, kidney failure, or any serious illness, chances of getting affected are more. If your body is immune & strong, you don’t need to worry, you may get infected and still you can survive with proper treatment. Proper treatment is the rider here. Just compare the situation when it started, if somebody was tested positive during March, it was a crisis to the family, society, colony and government authorities. But now in July, if somebody is tested positive, it is not that much of a crisis for others except family members. Government authorities diluted actions like sanitization of the building, declaring the containment zones etc. Now such decisions are more politically, or community driven instead of pandemic driven.
Does it mean that the government has put the onus of infection on people and getting away from their responsibilities? Does it mean that the virus itself lost its virus load which qualifies it as a deadly virus? Or has the corona pandemic induced the medical scandal? We keep getting such questions. Lot of experts and opinions are expressed. The World Health Organization also doesn’t have answers to such questions. It keeps changing their stand conveniently.
However, did people learn something from this pandemic? After different phases during the lock down, a lot of people learnt new skills, life skills necessary at home; relationships went good or bad depending upon the mindset. Work from home and work for home became new normal. Digitalization journey is accelerated. This is all OK, however there are so many other things we realised during this pandemic.
Positive side of the pandemic
Important thing is personal hygiene. Indians are always criticized for their bad habits related to hygiene. Eating pan and tobacco and spitting is common. This pandemic has taught people a good lesson. But will it continue? It is said that it takes 21 days to create the habit. Hopefully people will follow all good habits and will continue to be responsible citizens. I don’t know to what extent it will happen, as still people are not that much aware about this.
During the pandemic people were empathetic with each other. At least understanding each other and empathizing gives a morale booster. We became more human. Good Samaritans came forward supporting migrant workers, poor & needy people. Others were supporting each other. I hope that we all will continue this humanhood.
People also invested in formal & informal learning during this period. It is good to keep this learning attitude and going the extra mile. I hope that this spirit of learning also will continue, and people will not stop learning. Corona virus itself is a big teacher and we should not underestimate it.
Disruption in business also induced some creative thinking and innovations in business models. Few industries and sectors are affected heavily. Hope people will be creative to bring back the business resiliently.
We already started living with it. We don’t know when it will go, but we also should learn to protect ourselves, our families and think about the future instead of just thinking only about the coronavirus and pandemic.