Hey folks. Hope all of you are doing well and not getting bored of quarantine.
COVID-19 or the novel SARS- CoV-2 Coronavirus pandemic is causing devastation all over the globe. As I am writing this article, 343,414 confirmed Coronavirus positive cases and 14,776 deaths are registered worldwide with Italy being the country suffering the worst impact of this COVID-19 with 14,776 positive cases and 5,476 deaths. In India, the number of COVID-19 positive patients is 415 till date.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that can cause illnesses ranging widely in severity. The first known severe illness caused by Coronavirus emerged in 2003, SARS ( Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome ) epidemic in China. A second outbreak of severe illness began in 2012 in Saudi Arabia with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). On December 31, 2019, an outbreak of a novel strain of Coronavirus was reported to WHO (World Health Organization) by the Chinese officials which was named SARS-CoV-2.
The world leaders, doctors, cleaning staffs all over the world are doing their best to serve and protect humanity, recently we have witnessed a lovely gesture by the people of Italy expressing their gratitude towards the doctors and medical personnel, they stood in their balconies and clapped to express their respect and gratitude for the unsung heroes who are risking their life, sacrificing their sleep and suppers to protect us.
In India, the situation is not worse yet as compared to Italy, we are at the second stage of this COVID-19, as told by many health officials. From here begins the third stage where there may be community transmission of this virus and to prevent that we need to maintain social distancing.
The government, civic bodies, news channels all are appealing to people not to go out of their house unless there is any unavoidable condition and to maintain social distance as well as personal hygiene.
The honorable Prime minister of India appealed to the nation to follow a very noble idea “Janta Curfew” (Curfew by people). By staying at home from 7am to 9pm on 22nd March and applauding for the doctors and health officials from our the balconies for five minutes at 5pm, almost the entire nation followed the words of the honorable Prime minister and stayed at home till 5pm and later, at 5pm most of the peoples applauded for the heroes in white coats, the saviors of society, the doctors. But at some places the scenery was different, groups of peoples gathered and began to beat utensils, drums, at some places there were rallies in support of this self imposed curfew whose main purpose was to keep peoples isolated, children, adults and elderly peoples irrespective of their gender, caste or creed came out of their home gathered in public places with slogans coming out of their mouth, the energy was very high.
But, did they forget the main purpose of this self imposed Janta Curfew, the curfew was planned to keep peoples at home, maintain social distance for a while as CoV-2 virus transmit from human to human but deviating from this purpose some peoples conducted mass gathering.
Who is responsible for such acts which can lead to vast and rapid spread of this virus which has already killed thousands of peoples all over the goble, is this the lack of information, awareness or the widespread fake information via social media sites and Whatsapp. There were rumors like the CoV-2 virus dies in twelve hours and the duration of self imposed Janata Curfew will be fourteen hours, hence by the time the Janta Curfew will end the Virus will be dead. Some celebrities even came forward with videos supporting such scientifically unproven theories.
According to the research available till date on SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus, the lifetime of CoV-2 varies on different surfaces, from 2-3 hours in the air upto 2-3 days on some surfaces.
Doctors and health officials have been fighting with this SARS-Cov2 Coronavirus outbreak for months all over the world, they deserve appreciation but is clapping or beating utensils and burning fire crackers, conducting rallies or mass gathering, enough to convey our gratitude to them? Or we really should think about their safety, if there are enough resources available for them to conduct their work, if there are enough numbers of doctors, test kits, ventilators,hospitals, masks and gloves as well as quarantine facilities so that they doctors can save more lives and they themselves can stay safe from this virus. The question is will your doctor be happy seeing you be part of any gathering while the doctors are again and again asking peoples to maintain social distance. And if you come out of home and touch hundreds of people, burn firecrackers together then what was the purpose of your self isolation for a few hours during the Jana Curfew before 5pm. Was the purpose served or we need to be more serious and sensitive about this deadly Virus.
SARS – CoV-2 Coronavirus have already killed thousands of peoples, this Virus has spread through the entire globe, what makes it more dangerous is there are no cure till date for this Virus. Coronavirus is neither a joke nor a meme material for social media, it’s a silent death hunting for us on the streets, once it goes into human body it makes that human body a carrier of this Virus, since there is no clinically proven medicine for this Virus so the only way to defeat this Virus is to escape from this, not let it get into our bodies, and for that social distancing and personal hygiene are much needed tasks at this present moment of time. Celebrating , worshipping or shouting slogans will not make the Virus to turn it’s back at us, this is a Virus which does not know discrimination based on caste, religion or race, which does not know any language and does not care about how do we worship this Virus and offer Kheer Puri (dessert). This is death which has already killed many.
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