The world has survived all the pandemics of the past. We are alive and more populated than ever is the proof. Humans have overcome past pandemics with a much lower degree of medical advancement. Medical science is now at its peak and is confident that the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the new coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 will be over. And, long before the end of the national blockade in India, it is unlikely to be lifted on April 14th. Prime Minister Narendra Modi hinted at an extension of the coronavirus blockade. Many interested states also asked the Center to extend the blockade. Odisha, one of the least affected states, has already extended the blockade until April 30. On April 11 or 12, Prime Minister Modi is expected to make a similar announcement for the country. Coronavirus blockade can be lifted after a national spread. But it is likely that it will not happen all at once, for fear that a sea of humanity will immediately hit the road.
A stepwise approach is suggested. Kerala, the only state with past experience of containing a viral epidemic similar to the times of Nipah recently, is ready with a report from a special task force set up to frame an exit strategy to end the coronavirus blockade. Kerala’s exit strategy requires first of all strict vigilance and nominal relaxation. The special working group recommends that only one person per family can go out and that for a limited period, let’s say three or four hours. Further relaxation may occur depending on the advancement of coronavirus containment. But relaxation can only be offered if new cases stop in the area.
Everyone will be advised to wear a mask when exiting. The Delhi government, Arvind Kejriwal, has already made it mandatory for anyone leaving home. The government claimed that anyone found unmasked in public places would be prosecuted. Some of the health experts in other parts of the world have suggested that masks should now become an essential part of the human dress code. The social distance that large numbers of people are practicing in public places should not stop being a habit. The new coronavirus is now a human virus. It is here to stay, perhaps for decades, if not forever, like the HIV, dengue and flu viruses. There is a danger that it will return periodically. Continuing to practice social distancing when the bull race is released will be a challenge, especially when traveling by public transport. Delhi Metro, Mumbai Local or Bengaluru Metro do not offer much space for social distance. Public transport buses and local trains are worse in this context.
According to senior government officials, around 100 districts are severely affected by coronavirus disease and therefore these hotspots need to be sealed. In districts that have isolated cases of Covid-19 cases, many of the restrictions could be lifted to allow for economic activity. In its decision, the Center will also take into account the position taken by states such as Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu who have spoken out in favor of a two-week extension. For example, in Delhi, the state administration believes that it takes two weeks to find out all the contacts of Tablighi Jamaat. Since health is a state issue, the government can consider requests for an extension of the heads of ministers. “But it will be a nuanced approach,” a senior government official aware of the events told HT.
Even in these states, he explained, the game plan would consist of having containment areas without movement, while allowing economic activities to recover outside these critical points with social distances and masks. The 21-day shutdown of over 1.3 billion people in India will end on Tuesday, but the government is expected to extend it until the end of the month, with coronavirus cases rising to 9,152 and the number of domestic deaths reaching at 308 on Monday. Coronavirus blocks worldwide should not be completely eliminated until a vaccine for the disease is found, according to a Chinese epidemic-based study published in the medical journal The Lancet. China’s draconian restrictions on daily life appear to have stopped the first wave of Covid-19 in much of the country, but the researchers used mathematical models to demonstrate that premature lifting of the measures could trigger a second wave of infection.
Authorities ended the 76-day shutdown of Wuhan in Hubei Province on Wednesday, when the city of the original epicenter of the coronavirus crisis emerged from the deadly outbreak that is now erupting worldwide. However, some restrictions will remain, with officials aware of the risk, as trains and tourist sites have been filled across the country.
Social distancing is the need for the hour. With the 500 cases of coronavirus infection in India going through, the authorities are imposing severe restrictions and blockages. Now it has become more important than ever to take these precautions seriously and follow a rigorous social withdrawal. Social withdrawal means isolating yourself from the crowd to reduce the spread of the infection. Since coronavirus spreads through respiratory drops, this can help prevent unnecessary transmission and, in turn, help reduce the number of cases. While social distancing would require you to stay at home, you cannot completely avoid running errands or gathering food for your survival at home. Ultimately, this means that you will be in contact with public services and that you will go to places where there may be other people and the chances of touching something germ or infectious naturally increase.
When the home is the safest place you can be, what can you do to avoid carrying germs and viruses? If you are equally confused, here is an explanation of how to practice social distancing the right way, every time you come back, remember that your safety is in your hands. If you do not practice good hygiene or care, it is very likely that you will not only get the infection, but also infect everyone else you interact with. Make sure to always keep a disinfectant or disinfectant cloth on you. If you cough or sneeze, it’s best to stay indoors. If you have to go out, you need to wear a mask. Avoid touching surfaces such as handles, handles or the floor when going to the market. Stand in line and keep a good distance to avoid collecting germs on the road. The most important thing to remember is NOT to interrupt the quarantine time. 14 days of self-quarantine are now essential. One day you break it, invite the germs and reset the quarantine counter. It is for your sake to stay inside.