The Covid-19 pandemic has shaken the world by unleashing a deadly virus that has killed over 2.89 million people across the world. India has incurred the loss of over one lakh and sixty-six thousand deaths of citizens with 56,330 deaths from Maharastra, 12,804 deaths from Tamil Nadu, 12,696 deaths from Karnataka, 7,251 deaths from Andhra Pradesh, and 4,694 deaths from Kerela. It has been been the deadliest pandemic in human history since the Black Death in 1347 in Europe that killed 75 to 200 million people and Spanish Influenza in 1918 which took the lives of 50 million people. Since medical professionals and intellectuals have predicted the probable second wave of the pandemic in India, it is the need of the hour to discuss what kind of negligence is being practiced by the people which is risking the lives of many individuals.
No Need to follow social norms?
In the first few months of 2020 when a nationwide lockdown was imposed, people were petrified and dreadful about the severity of the situation and how it could be controlled in India. Almost everyone followed the general norms that were being instructed by the government and media. India faced an economic slump and a decrease in the GDP. By seeing the recovery rates of patients, the government relaxed the social distancing norms and India was in the process of unlocking. Opening up of private sectors and companies started taking place. But all the precautions were being taken to check the spread of the virus. In Bihar, in the last few months of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, people got complacent. There were huge crowds in malls with people thronging in the cash counters following no rules of social distancing. The security guards stopped checking whether people were wearing masks or not before entering the stores, malls, markets, or restaurants. They stopped checking people's temperature before entrance or giving them sanitizers to cleanse their hands or belongings. There were many cases when somebody who had contracted Corona Virus spread it to many others because the proper temperature check was not done. Police officers are being stationed at check posts and localities to check if people are wearing masks and fining those who don't. Numerous weddings were being held with no regard to rules and as many as 100 people were being invited over to celebrate the occasion. This was the level of incipience and ignorance adopted by educated people in the middle of a pandemic. Is shopping, eating at restaurants, hanging out with friends, earning money by compromising the overall health and well-being of people at a particular place more important than following the social distancing norms? This is one of the fundamental reasons why the virus is killing so many people and the situation of Bihar is critical.
No CORONA SPREAD in RALLIES?
Although people are being fined for not wearing masks, it is also important to take note of the grim paradoxical reality that people are being hoarded at political rallies and roadshows for showboating the party's public "mandate" in the ongoing Bengal election campaign. Many scholars have commented on the hypocrisy of political parties and the elected government to propagate dubious and dualistic lines of thought in this matter. What are the actions taken against organizers of such monstrous political rallies in the midst of an upsurge in Covid-19 cases? Is the onus of preventing the Covid cases only on people or government institutions as well.
CORONA 2020 & CORONA 2021,any difference?
Fortunately in India, the recovery rates are good. The main difference between the management of Corona 2020 and Corona 2021 is the vaccination program that has been carried by the government to prevent the community transmission of the virus and cultivate herd immunity to create resistance against the virus. Earlier there were no solutions or medical programs to fight the Coronavirus. We were forced to be at our homes and practice the social distancing norms.
Ultimately, it is upon each one of us to take responsibility for our actions and become aware of the seriousness of the issue. We have to stay vigilant so we can hold the authorities accountable for their mistakes and blunders.
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