India is going through one of it’s toughest times right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Indians, we have to unite, support each other and fight against it, Isn’t it?
But are we doing it? As individuals, are we understanding our “Social Responsibilities”?
If yes, more power to you, if not, please follow along and educate yourself.
Okay, so what do I mean by ‘Social Responsibility’? There are a few common ones,
- Staying at home. Going out only if it is really necessary
- Wearing Masks
- Washing / Sanitising Hands
- Maintaining Social Distance
I am not saying that the above are not important. However, there are some additional responsibilities we all should follow. Which are:
If you get CORONA VIRUS or even if you’re experiencing any symptoms, First Thing First, SEGREGATE YOURSELF and INFORM PEOPLE AROUND YOU including YOU MAY HAVE MET SAY IN LAST 10 DAYS.
Why is it important?
- If you isolate / quarantine yourself on the very first day of developing any symptoms, there will be less chances of spreading the virus to other people in your house or around.
- If you inform people you met in the last 5 – 10 days, they can be more careful and take suitable precautions. It will help break the transmission chain.
ACCEPTANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT. COVID_19 CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE. BUT IF WE ACCEPT it, TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION AND DO NOT PANIC, IT CAN BE TREATED.
Let me tell you a few stories to show you what happens,
I live in a building that has 4 floors.
“A few days back we learnt that we had a covid positive patient on the first floor. Thanks to the family that they immediately informed the respective members of all the 4 floors. The covid-19 pathogen is airborne therefore we adopted appropriate measures like ensuring cross ventilation. After a few days another senior citizen from the same family got covid positive and died. We were close to panicking because the relevant authorities took over 8 hours to take the corpse away. Due to the heightened possibilities of “Contaminants, we initiated appropriate usage of air conditioning.
I remembered that my online grocery order was supposed to come. I did not want to expose the delivery personnel to more germs but was unable to cancel the order because the packages were out for delivery. I kept some bags outside the main gate and told the delivery person to put all the stuff in those bags.
In addition, we locked the gate and the very next day the whole building got fumigated.”
Sadly, I know people who are not isolating even though they have covid or a close family member has it, thereby exposing them to the virus. Moreover, they are not wearing masks.
There are 2 reasons why they do so;
- An unfounded belief that they cannot be infected.
Let us talk about this second reason ‘SOCIETY’ in detail.
We have begun to ostracise infected people. The virus does not distinguish between rich or poor, white or black, upper cast, lower cast etc. This is fuelling the not reporting of infections and possibly contributing to the high number of deaths we are witnessing.
Infected people are victims. Do not shun them.
Give them hope, positive vibes. Support them in whatever way is possible – get them medicines, food, etc.
Covid-19 is a national issue and we as citizens and or residents of India have to tackle it collectively.
I can remember only one line of Shri Krishna that he said to Arjun in Mahabharata – ‘Yeah waqt bhi guzar jayega’.