Category: PEOPLE & SOCIETY

Show sympathy not only for Corona patients but also for Corona fighter

Anchal Agarwal

S.K.N. College of Agriculture, Jobner, Jaipur

 

All of we know that our India is suffering from deadly pandemic known as coronavirus.

During this situation in our country many peoples are giving there contribution which cannot be counted or paid but even in this situation there are some people who have not a little sympathy in their heart not only for Corona patients but also for Corona fighter.

We can see everywhere that if in our surrounding any person found suffering from Corona he or she is treated differently and ignored, neglected this is not only a shameful for that person but also for those who are supporting him.

First that person is suffering from an deadly disease and second more worse he is suffering from people bad behavior, so this is our moral responsibility to improve our social system, develop moral values ,educate people, develop sympathy in them and motivate them to come forward to help poor people and  corona patients and participate in the chain of humanity……….

Effect of people’s behaviour on corona patients

When somebody is behaved differently by someone who close to him is equal to die rather than survive because once behavior can give someone life and also snatch someone’s life. Negative behaviour towards Corona patient developed a sense of shame in them they develop a narrow mind set and feeling of inferiority.

So it is our moral responsibility to follow following measures that motivate not only us but also others to develop a sympathy towards corona patient and encourage them to fight Corona not with people.

Creative and moral ideas to initiate a step towards humanity

  1. First of all we should educate all the citizens of our country by various awareness programs like advertisement, poster, videos ,images and with the help of social media that we should behaviour nice with every person by placing our self on that’s person place. Also tell them that what are the negative effect on a patient or a person who is behaved differently by them through telling them that it develops a feeling of i stress, depression in them.
  2. We should encourage people to participate in the programs which are organized for helping the poor patients Corona fighters etc.
  3. We should award those people who initiate any effort in regard of Corona fighters and Corona patient.
  4. By teaching moral values, ethical values and developing sensitivity in peoples we can stop this behaviour.
  5. At last but not least we should start it with our self, our surrounding, we should see in our surrounding that in our surrounding someone is behaved differently if it is then we stop it Most important we should never behave differently with anyone and encourage others to behave positively with others to Fight Corona not with People and educate them to stay home safe.

Stay Home Stay Safe

Protecting poor during lockdown

Ananya Singh

Integral University, Lucknow

 

Anita, a laborer in an interview said that all of a sudden her job is gone , her husband has fever, cough and is very ill. She has no food to eat.

Prabhulal Kumar, a daily wage laborer said that being a daily wage laborer he now has money for survival. He further said that instead of dying in a city, he would like to go back to his village and die with dignity.

COVID-19, a pandemic that has shaken whole world from its devastating effects. A disease which is not taking lives of infected people but also of those who has no money. A month of lockdown, a month of pain , hunger and death of not body but people’s soul. A month of 1.3 billions locking themselves at their homes, just to save lives. But are they actually saving? Government put this all restrictions on people to stop infection of corona virus, which is a great step but did they ever thought about people like Anita and Prabhu Lal Kumar?

Problems faced by poor

India has a population of approximately 1.3 billion in which casual workers forms 90% of India’s workforce. And suddenly due to this lockdown they have run out of their works, jobs and lives. India’s lockdown has caused further struggle for more than 300 million of those who are below poverty line to die in hunger.

Workers are suffering a great loss because of lockdown. One man with his family was picking out edibles from trash areas just to feed themselves so they at least live for more days. A depressing picture but as we all say reality hits hard in guts. Do you think they deserve all this ? I think no. Every time I see such disturbing pictures one question arises in my mind “why they are suffering?”. And the answer is much cruel. Just because they don’t have ” money” and the only source to earn it has been dismissed , they are bound to suffer.

Coronavirus lockdown: Narendra Modi has cut India’s poor adrift

Government restricted the movement of public transport, which added to the list of problems of poor. They have been locked in a place with no food , no money and no shelters. To overcome this , these workers started moving to their respective villages and hometown by bicycles and some of them who don’t have, just used their foot to walk back to their places. Many died in this attempt too. The phrase ” no pain , no gain” is actually never suited to these people because they only had ” no pain” part but far from any gain.

These problems are not psychological disturbing but it is effecting the economy too. Sudden lockdown and scrapping off their jobs had a huge downfall in Indian economy. Problems are more as compared to their solutions but they can be limited with small small steps. There are also concerns that India’s food supply chain will be hindered by the lockdown.

One of the major problem that arose during this lockdown is landlords evicting workers from their residences. For this the UP Police Official KP Singh gave a statement saying -” People should not ask daily wage workers to vacate their homes but instead should make awareness about COVID-19″. A very useful statement for the workers to save their family to come on footpath.

How to protect them during lockdown?

Well the answer is very important because they are the person who made us live our life’s efficiently. Whether it is a vegetable vendor or a milkman they all worked hard for us .

India’s government introduced US $22.5 billion package to help poor households. Government also started distributing various food packages for the needy people.

Many officials like UP, Haryana, Punjab, etc. police officials started distribution of free food packages and meals across the country , thousands line up at shelters for free meals. Various NGO’s have also started giving shelters with basic needs to the people.

As a citizen of India, we also have some responsibility towards our these friends who helped with all their handworks to increase our lifestyles. We can also contribute our little help for these people. For example, a PM care fund has been made to contribute money according to our wish for helping the country in order to fight corona.

Two women offer food to a poor woman during the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the COVID-19. (PTI Photo)

Two women offer food to a poor woman during the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the COVID-19. (PTI Photo)

During this pandemic period, many legal and human rights of these poor people are being violated. We can aware them of their rights and let them take initiative of anything wrong goes around them .

Close schools and vague buildings can be converted into shelter homes for these people. Medical kits like masks, sanitizers and gloves can be provided to them for their safety. Awareness regarding social distancing through loudspeaker could be explained to them in order so that they could save themselves from infection.

Why is it important to protect them?

Do you ever thought if after lockdown and this pandemic ends and you go outside to buy vegetables and foods and you can’t find it?

Or You want your own home to be construed but can’t find workers?

Or you want to travel somewhere but the drivers are no more available because they have starved to death?

Well now I think it’s very clear how much importance these people are in our life’s. If we put aside our needs , and see it as economical thing then they are the backbones of our economic system. 90% of India’s workforce is due to these casual workers. Our whole life revolves around them. And as our constitution propose the idea of equality, we can say that it is their right to live with dignity and it is duty of our government to think in their benefit before proposing any idea on the footline.

Harsh Mander , a renowned columnists and social activist said that, ” They ( poor workers) keep saying we will die of this virus later , we will die of hunger first. I think this is certainly not just the biggest lockdown in the world, it is also the most cruel. Those who have the resources to survive have everything. And for others, You’ve ( the government ) pushed them into a lonely frightening place of uncertainty.”

Practically the cruel truth, we are still met with all our necessity, the biggest problem that we face are ” that we can get our bourbon or Oreo biscuit packet”, and irony is we never realised that their are people outside who even don’t have one time proper meal or better say are not even able to get proper piece of bread.

Mina Jakhwadiya, a street merchant said that, ” The government must look after us. They called for this lockdown and we are obeying the rules of the lockdown.”

But the question is what government should do that these questions should not arise in their mind? Answer is still unknown.

It’s the time to act

We fight corona but we fight hunger and starving of these needy is equally important. Being capable if we can help them in any way we should do it. Because what steps government are taking is still not opaque for us to know. They helped bring out best of our life’s now it’s our turn to not let them die of hunger. These people are too part of this pandemic like us , just the difference is our suffering is much lesser than theirs. Help them in rising to better condition because then only we can fight corona. As our respected PM Narendra Modi Ji bought out the idea of ” sabka saath, sabka vikas”, here the government should show it by their actions for these people. Because they are equally as important as us. The cruel condition must improve because if not than the future is much darker. Fight corona , but not let them fight hunger because it’s our and government responsibility to look after each citizens fairly and profitably.

Living them in uncertainty is just like a empty future of our country with their dead bodies and harassed souls.

Fight Corona, Not People

Mobani Biswas 

S.S. Khanna Girls’ Degree College

University of Allahabad

 

‘United we stand, divided we fall’

This adage is something we have constantly heard since our childhood days. We didn’t even know that while we were welcoming the New Year 2020, this year was going to make us implement this maxim like never before. A virus, invisible to the naked eyes, of the size of a micron, has brought the world to a grinding halt. Economies are tumbling, lives are getting lost, new policies and strategies are being brainstormed.

Now is the time when humans should take a united stand, although not by locking hands in hands, as we have to follow the social distancing norms!

By becoming united actually implies being united in thoughts and actions. All across the globe, we have just one enemy to fight─ Corona. Various issues of different countries have taken a back seat, even the global topic of terrorism hasn’t been discussed for a while, Why? Because the human form of terrorism is nothing compared to the terror this virus has unleashed.

Corona hasn’t adhered to borders and boundaries; neither has it been any lenient on people of any particular religion. We all are in this mess together and only by staying together can we get out of it.

This is not the time to hold on to grudges and animosity, nothing is greater than the gift of life and here millions of lives are at stake. Blaming a country or pointing fingers and marking out people following a particular religion won’t help the cause. This storm has ravaged the whole world and only by putting up a united front can we weather the storm.

This pandemic has brought up so many issues worth highlighting and people should sit back and analyze, are we different from the other humans? Sure we have different interests, different aspirations, different thought processes, we even follow different religions but internally we all are the same; the blood in our veins is red in colour, we breathe the same air and have the same set of organs. The supreme power that created this universe and created us, made us all the same. Then why cannot we put our differences aside?

Conflicts at times like these would only make our opponent stronger. We just have to realize who our opponent is─ the people or Corona.

Health care workers, policemen, sanitization workers, everyone is working hard to secure the lives of the masses. They also have homes, they could easily have laid back and let others do the work but they chose duty over relaxation, they are prioritizing their duty every day. They are helping people without even knowing their names, why, because they know and recognize their enemies are not the people by the virus. It was heart-wrenching to hear the news of attacks on the health care workers; how can people hurt them who are risking their lives to save us?

The news that we see every day reaffirms the belief that our only way forward is to be united in this crisis. It’s easier to break the chain at the weak link and we cannot afford to become that weak link because we’ll not only be endangering ourselves but even our loved ones.

The debates as to who is responsible, the criticism, the liabilities, the grudges, all of this can wait. Human beings have a great gift of prioritizing things and the pandemic and its control is the priority of the entire world right now. We should learn to recognize our enemies. Humans can become friends even if they were foes but this virus is a friend of no one.

It’s high time we realize that we are all in this together and it’s not the time to fight people, our fight should be against corona because we cannot afford to lose this fight at any cost.

 

Complaining about others won’t help the cause,
You’ll need to bring the negativities to a pause.
Make your heart the place where tenderness resides,
Do your part in standing united, so that the world survives.

Fight Corona, Not People!

Kaaviya S
SNS College of Technology

The whole world is facing a pandemic situation now. But remember don’t be afraid of it and also don’t be careless about it.Please follow the safety measures and avoid going outside for unnecessary things. While going outside maintain social distance that’s the only solution for us to prevent ourselves from this coronavirus.
Instead of social distance we have to say it as physical distance , yes we should stay away from others to get rid of this situation. Please cover your face with a mask and wash your hands frequently. If you go outside, take a bath and then go inside your home.
“Spread love, Not germs
Follow self quarantine, not self medicate
Stay away physically but stay connected through hearts “
Eat foods like spinach, ginger, garlic,etc… which increase your immunity. Also remember that if you are feeling sick feel free to consult a doctor, don’t self medicate.corona is not deadly for all kinds of people it kills only a few people who are affected by a disease already. Even many people are cured from corona because of proper treatment. our governments take many measures to prevent us from this virus. We all are in this together please follow the government and stay safe inside the doors .Respect the front line workers for their sacrifice ,don’t hurt them.
If you are able to help someone do it because many people are needy nowadays. If there is a beginning there will be an end. Hope this pandemic will come to an end soon. When God pushes you to the edge of the hope, remember two things will happen: one is he may hug and save you from the grief or he may teach you how to fly over the grief.So hope for the best.
“Stay home ,stay safe,
spread love and spread happines “
Remember that “United we fall, Divided we win!”

Precautions against coronavirus pandemic

Fight Corona, Not People!

Kajal Sharma

HNB Garhwal University, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand


We are collectively facing a pandemic threat that is sweeping across the humanity beyond oceans and borders. COVID-19, the virus from the Corona virus family hit the world really hard. Considering the seriousness, it’s time we step up against this deadly disease. For the sake of lives lost and the rest of humanity, let us all pledge to beat Corona-virus.
Meanwhile when the people are suffering from the Corona outbreak and fighting against it, some others are breaking the maintenance. The news came into highlight few weeks back that some communities and societies think Social Distancing won’t work and would lead them to nowhere.
Doctors are called the second God. In this period when Social Distancing is being the only key to prevent and cure this virus, doctors are treating and serving patients determinably and fearlessly, risking their own lives. They are trying hard and their best to save the lives of patients battling Corona-virus. In past month Doctors too got infected and some of them lost their lives. Still some people are criticizing them, abusing them verbally and denying medical treatment. People were spitting on others and running out of hospitals making the conditions worse.

What is Corona?
The world is suffering from the pandemic since December 2019. The virus originated in the city Wuhan, China. This extremely contagious virus that speeded like wild fire throughout the world has turned into a global pandemic and took more than 3 million people under its disastrous grab claiming the lives of more than 200 thousand people worldwide. A disease with no cure no vaccine, has affected more countries than both the great wars.
Corona is a contagious virus; it is air-borne hence spread through air droplets. The common symptoms of the disease are fever, dry cough, common cold, shortening of breath, fatigue. Some people may also feel nausea, diarrhea, headache, muscular pain etc.

Why is it dangerous to human health?
Answer is that there is no cure to this virus till now, as no vaccine or drug is invented to stop the virus or treat people properly. The disease is spreading through touch (of any kind). It can spread through used utensils, shared cigarettes, shaking hands, sharing foods and clothes and the most important- ‘SOCIALIZING’. Government took the initiatives and suggested everyone to practice SOCIAL DISTANCING from now, wear mask outdoors, don’t shake hands to greet but say ‘Namaste’ (the Indian ritual of greeting someone by joining own hands together and bow down).

WHY LOCKDOWN AND WHAT CHAIN NEEDS TO BREAK?
As the circumstances become more dangerous, the virus becomes stronger; it started spreading rapidly in an uncontrolled manner. Our respected PM Shri Narendra Modi decided to lock the country for a period. So that people can stay safe at home and we would be able to break the chain of COVID-19. People having weak immunity and old age are more prone to the virus. Virus triggers less immune body faster than strong immune.
Biologically virus is neither living nor dead. It activates as soon as it comes in contact with living tissue. It needs host like a parasite. No vaccine has been found yet so for now the only cure to the disease is prevention. Distancing from every one even from family and friends is best strategy. The virus spreads with a statistical method as per research. Every person who has COVID-19 will pass it to 2 or 2.5 others. One study says that number is even higher with one sick person infecting between 4.7 and 6.6 others. A few pets have tested positive for the new virus. The animals may have caught the virus from close contact with humans who were infected. So all we need to do is protect ourselves from outside. Work from home; avoid outings, wearing masks if outing is necessary, keeping pets away from people and animals outside home. Nearly half a billion Indians earn daily wages and have no meaningful savings. The lockdown has most likely saved millions of lives, but the bold public health actions of the government should be matched by similar efforts to ensure that the pandemic does not generate a secondary hunger and poverty crisis.

SPREADING- HOW ARE COUNTRIES DEALING WITH IT AND WHICH PLACES HAVE PLAYED IMPORTANT ROLE TO SPREAD IT?
Since first being recorded late last year in China, it was spread around the world. The number of deaths is a more dependable indicator. The disease has hit certain countries including Italy, Spain and the US with particular cruelty. In Europe most countries have closed school, and many are in lockdown.
Started in China, but Europe became hub for virus spread. Mongolia took actions by travel bans from Japan and South Korea, the other epicenters. Yet the first infected case a Frenchman who had come to country from France via Moscow was found.
Same happened with different countries. All other country criticized Europe as European countries have been hit harder than other regions. Travels from Europe preceded the first cases there in at least 93 countries across all continents. The reason was late closure of air lines. Media paid attention to role of Europe due to virus acceleration as everyone was targeting China that time more bluntly. While the virus was spreading in China, they started massive testing, rigorous contact tracing, and strict lockdown measure but European countries were shooting up. Despite witnessing devastated China circumstances, European countries were flatfooted as the virus spread rapidly from Paris, London to other countries. European public health officials were initially modeling their response to corona virus after the SARS epidemic saying “We saw the reactions of Asian countries, but at the time we didn’t think they would be a model because we didn’t believe we would have the same epidemic”.
In February, if Italians had asked to locate the town Codogno on a map, many of them won’t have succeeded. Codogno is a small town with a population of 16,000, situated at the edge of Italy’s Lombardy region. Certainly nobody would have expected that Codogno would gain international notoriety by becoming the center of the country’s sudden outbreak of COVID-19 which turned it into red zone. Before this zone establishment, a number of people travelled to and from Codogno, unknowingly carrying the disease with them across the peninsula. And since then some individuals have violated the quarantine, leaving the areas recklessly or out of frustration.
The Islamic republic of Iran has suffered a devastating number of fatalities from the new Corona virus, exceeding only by those in Italy, Spain and China.
While china took draconian measures to contain the outbreak, and Italy and Spain have been transparent about the death toll in order to warn others about the dangers of complacency, Iran has done neither. Yet Iranian universities and health officials warn that the country could ultimately see millions of fatalities absent urgent, dramatic action. When cases of corona virus began to mushroom in Iran in mid-February, Iranian officials admittedly suppressed the news in order to maintain voter turnout in the country’s rigged parliamentary elections.
China has closed down its last Corona hospital. Now there are no new cases to support them. India has been successfully treating corona with mixture of some drugs i.e. Lopinavor, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest same medicine globally. Good news from South Korea as no new cases coming out over there. Italy is hit hard, as they have oldest population in Europe.

SOCIAL DISTANCING, SELF-ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE– There has been a wealth of information shared across all platforms about COVID-19 symptoms. Self-isolation, social distancing and quarantine have been used quite interchangeably nowadays. These phrases can be used in a light-hearted way, because it’s important for people to understand the real meaning of the terms. They should understand the terminology they use and the affect it can have on those around them.
SOCIAL DISTANCING aims to reduce transmission in people who aren’t displaying symptoms. SELF-ISOLATION includes those who may or not have been exposed to virus and QUARANTINE refers to people without symptoms who are exposed to virus. If these terms are not correctly used, may lead to negative emotions. For example: If quarantine is used for a normal person leaving his house to buy veggies, could lead others feel anxious about leaving home and feeling that others are not being cautions and taking preventative measures seriously. This then leads to a feeling of fear and forced isolation where it may not be required.
While government is encouraging some of the measures above including encourage institutions and companies to work remotely where possible, a number of us are finding ourselves working from home or being at home more often than usual. There is not an end date on when we can expect to physically return to work or be told we can stop social distancing. Could this be weeks of staying at home, or even months? Answers remain unanswered and here comes a whole plethora of thoughts and anxieties.
Everyone’s experience of working or staying at home will be different and thus the impact that this could have on every person might be different for another. Some people will have support system, some will have only loneliness. Latter can feel very surreal, feelings of loneliness and isolation will be heightened. For ones who suffer from mental health issues, this can be scary as they are likely to struggle alone and feel more isolated thus, people may experience worse illness or experiences but also it could spark the onset of mental heal issues for individuals who haven’t encountered them before.
Those who are far away from their family and friend living and waking in another country, concerned more for them owing to the uncertainty as to when they will be able to see them again. This all can add to lower morale and lead to physical and emotional sense of withdrawal from the world and people around us. In these situation mental health should not be disregarded or underestimated some steps should be taken, – sticking to a routine, establishing boundaries separate workspace from sleep and eating space; taking frequent breaks, setting small goals – set realistic expectations, supporting your team members.
ROLE OF OUR NATION
As India prepared to enter the third week of its 21 day lockdown, global response was that India could still have done better in dealing COVID-19 outbreak. The government’s decision to impose the lockdown was necessary to mitigate the inevitable spread of the disease. Comparing others India sooner went lockdown in order to stop corona spread. Decision received applause as well as criticism. Different countries reacted differently. Some resort to a lockdown only as a last, some enforce a localized rather than full-blown, and some may not enforce any at all. Soon after the first case of the corona virus arrived in India in late January, India responded with restrictions on flights and screenings at its airports. Yet the country had more than 80,000 arrivals every day, mostly from Europe and the Gulf States, where the virus spread. And across the country, millions of people live in proximity, in densely populated slums where access to health care in poor. Studies from China suggest that people with uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes are more likely to experience severe COVID-19 and die from it. About a third of India’s population is hypertensive, and over one in 10 adults are diabetic. Children were less likely to be infected in China, but India has millions of undernourished children, who are more prone to infections. India’s high rates of tuberculosis, pneumonia, smoking and poor air quality won’t help when it comes to a respiratory disease. Some were counting on the summer heat and humidity to bail India out, but there was no evidence that the rising temperature would stop the disease. Our initial estimates showed that 300 million to 500 million Indians were likely to be infected with the corona virus by the end of July. Most of the cases would be without symptoms or with mild infections, but about a tenth- 30 million to 50 million- would most likely be severe. One model predicts that at the outbreak’s peak, even with conservative assumptions, there would be 10 million patients with severe COVID-19 disease in India, many of whom would need to be hospitalized.

Lessons missed from past outbreaks.
The SARS, Ebola, MERS in past taught numerous lessons to world nations in combating such situations. In past days, India may have missed in the effective response systems. Be it the issues with CAA protests, the work from home conundrums, migrant laborers, lack of public awareness, non-informative campaigns. A sound Disease Outbreak Response System could have helped avoid all that.
Here, history is instructive. Although vaccinations enabled most wealthy countries to eliminate smallpox unilaterally by the late 1940s, the disease kept returning from outside their borders. It took a global effort launched by the WHO to eradicate smallpox globally in 1978.
There is also a need of an early warning system to detect the emergence of new or mutated viruses. As South Korea has shown, an early COVID-19 warning enables a government to react rapidly by ramping up testing and engaging the whole population in contact tracing and containment, thereby potentially reducing the economic and social costs of an outbreak. But early warning requires government to tell the world about novel infections as soon as they discover them, which can be a sensitive matter. Countries thus need assurances that reporting disease outbreaks will not expose them to instant punishment in the form of unnecessary travel and trade restrictions and that any such measures would be introduced cooperatively.
India does not have the strong health system and economic resources of COVID-19 affected high income countries or china’s ability to control population flows in the country. A lockdown was the only option to control the disease.
By the time our PM announced the lockdown, India had officially counted about 500 cases of corona virus infection and estimated 10 deaths because of the contagion. The numbers were so low because testing for the virus has been very limited. Estimates from our group of scientists and others suggest the actual number of infection cases in India is likely to be about 60,000 approx.
ICMR indicates that a notational lockdown, if adhered to well, could reduce the number of infections at the peak of the pandemic- expected by early May- by 70% to 80%, depending on the degree of compliance with physical distancing. Estimates suggest that about a million people would still need hospital beds and critical care. Had India not imposed the lockdown, it would have been five million to six million people.
India has four to six weeks before the corona virus outbreak hits its peak. It is absolutely necessary to use this window of opportunity to create an enormous, affordable and easily available testing infrastructure, intensify efforts to identify the sick, trace their contacts and isolate them and prepare for the avalanche. Hygiene quarantine facilities and intensive- care beds must be set up in all state capitals.
India has fewer than 100,000 intensive care unit beds and 20,000 ventilators, most of which are only in the large cities. The scenes where Italian doctors had to choose between multiple patients to determine who would get a ventilator would increase multifold in India’s weak health system.
RELIGIOUS CONFLICTS
A man who was stamped on hands with ink by Indian Health Workers was supposed to ensure he stayed home under quarantine. But he rubbed if off possibly as much as he could and get back to work. He claimed it as part of an effort by the Hindu Government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to target Muslims like him, using health workers to gather data on community under the guise of containing COVID-19 pandemic.
He says, “Modi wants to make Muslims second class citizens. There is no one who is sick, Corona is a lie”. His suspicions were echoed by half others whom Reuters talked to in there, even leaders say they have been trying to convince people that health workers are in the district protect them from COVID-19. Ahead, government responded by imposing a lockdown.
A deep-rooted district of Modi by Muslim follow months of protests against a new citizenship law of cities say discriminate against Muslim and a crackdown by India in Muslim majors territory of Kashmir.
Well there is no official breakdown of corona virus cases by religion. But many Muslims feel unfairly blamed for spreading the disease after a cluster emerged at a gathering of Muslim missionaries in Delhi last months. Sensational news coverage about the events fanned some Hindu Nationalist politicians, helped spur the trending topics.
Various misinformation and viral videos has been spate on social media. Government ordered Social media and the video apps to remove users found to be spreading misinformation about the corona virus.

CURRENT SITUATION
Currently country has more than 35,000 confirmed cases and more than 1,000 deaths. The economic impact of the 2019-2020 corona virus pandemic in India has been hugely disruption World Bank and credit rating agencies have downgraded India’s growth for fiscal year 2021 with the lowest figures. India has seen in three decades since India’s economic liberalization in the 1990s.
Several healthcare workers in India have been attacked as they battle to stop the spread of the corona virus. Reports say doctors have been spat at and chased away from homes and that in one case patients directed abusive and vulgar language towards female nurses. Some physicians and their families have also been ostracized by their neighbors because of their exposure to patients infected with COVID-19.
The world should have learned this lesson during the SARS and Ebola epidemics of the last two decades. Travel and trade restrictions imposed by 40 countries impeded the reporting of Ebola outbreaks, hindering the global response. Similarly, China’s experience with SARS may have left its leaders less inclined to notify the outside world about the COVID-19 outbreak. Once, they did, countries closed their borders in ways that contradicted WHO guidance. After this crisis is over, governments will need to bolster the early-warning system, on the understanding that this requires a cooperative quid pro quo.

OUR NATION STRATEGY
India with a 1.3 billion population is a developing nation- the time and challenge of pandemic are extraordinary. We shall be affected as the globe is affected. Two main things required to fight the challenge- “Sankalp” and “Sanyam” (commitment and restraint).
Every citizen must follow his/her civic duty- avoid getting infected and save others from infection. Citizens are not allowed to go to the crowded places; out of home- social distancing is most essential and useful. Work from home. All senior citizens should remain isolated at home. Overconfidence and hubris that nothing will happen to us is misplaced- it is injustice to others.
PM requested people not to load the hospitals- no routine checks and postpone elective surgeries- to de-tress medical systems. He informed nation of constitution of a COVID-19 economic task force, which will be in touch with all stakeholders, and will decide in near future on steps to mitigate economic stress and ensure all steps are seriously implemented. Rich people are appealed to take care of the economic interests of all these service providers, to give them full salary once they must take care of their families.
He assured Indians that there shall not be shortage of milk, food, medicines. All steps are being taken to ensure supply does not stop. He said not to hoard essential commodities. This will surely lead to breaking the chain of transmission.
In countries, where community transmission has reared its head, health systems have crumbled, markets have crashed, and unemployment has peaked to unprecedented level. Global economic recession is inevitable due to disruption of supply chains, manufacturing and employment.
New Delhi has to move swiftly, marshal its financial and human resources, and build temporary COVID-19 treatment facilities; procure necessary equipment, including test kits; and buy personal protective equipment, hospital beds, oxygen flow masks and ventilators. At the same time, it has to train health workers in infection control and safe testing.
If India fails to fill these serious gaps in its capacity, the pandemic will exact a heavy toll.
The disease is likely to return in the year. Many Indians still lack immunity to the corona virus, although the extent will be known only when surveys are conducted that is able to test the population for antibodies that indicate their exposure to the disease.

CALLING CORONA PERIOD WAR TIME
Donald Trump has called himself a “wartime president” and said corona virus is an “invisible enemy”.
People understand what a war means, what are its consequences; they understand the sacrifices that have to occur during wartime and they understand the massive mobilization of resources needed in a war.
The now-common metaphors comparing the efforts to stop corona virus to a military war fit smoothly in many ways. Pandemic has life and death decisions, an “enemy” who can strike at any time, “battles” on the “frontline” and calls for the “home front” to support the effort. It is a global war. War metaphors can help inform and motivate the public, but they can also mislead policymakers and the public. War metaphors shows the need for everyone to mobilize and do their part on the home front which means taking social distancing orders and hand washing recommendations seriously. For businesses, that means shifting resources toward stopping the outbreak, whether in terms of supplies or manpower. If this is a war then let’s act that way now. And let’s show a commonality and mutuality and a unity that this world has not seen in decades, because everyone knows we need it today more than ever before.”

CORONA ANS CALLOUS CASTEIST BIASES IN INDIA
Corona virus has saturated our news feed, social media and daily conversations. Even the ‘Good Morning’ messages that unnecessarily flood our WhatsApp tagline, “Wash your hands, be safe”. News media is painting a picture of collective solidarity against the corona virus. This solidarity in social exclusion however is tainted with caste biases in India. From the privilege of social exclusion and hygiene to pseudo-science assertions of corona’s origin, our caste prejudice and ignorance have come out blatantly.
With the discovery of the virus, dutiful brahmanical supremacists made it a point to blame the impurity of non-vegetarians and their foods as the source of the disease. The bias comes from the food habits associated to different castes in the caste system of India; wherein vegetarianism is automatically associated with broadly and soul’s purity. It is considered to be the ‘norm’ practiced by the high and mighty; the ideal followed by the ones closer to the divine. Within the Indian caste system, Brahmins assume the position of the pure vegetarian and the people belonging to lower caste are deemed impure, for they are paradoxically allowed to consume meat. This linkage is blatant in daily practices too. For instance, upper caste students and faculty of one of the most sought-after engineering college in India, IIT Bombay recently came under societal scrutiny for demanding separate cutlery and cooking utensils for their vegetarian food. Their body and mind were at the risk of contamination from any possible touch with meat or meat eaters. Thus, vegetarianism in India is exclusively different. It is not merely about animal care, it has roots in Brahmanical supremacy of purity. Hence, in an embarrassing display of their ignorance, a number of upper caste supremacists started “NoMeatNoCoronavirus” hash tag on Twitter as a solution to the worldwide pandemic of Corona virus. Their irrational logic being: Corona virus, an impure virus comes from the impure consumption of the Non-Brahmins.

HAS INDIA DONE ENOUGH?
We did try. But there was a lot of state-to-state difference. Some states did excellently well. They fought it zealously, passionately. Some chose to be very complacent about it. But none of that matters anymore. We are going to face the epidemic anyway. What we should have done that we have not done yet? Let’s begin with China; it should have restrained the whole infection around the place it started. We know China has good scientist and they could have done it. But it did not happen. This happens in dictatorial societies where free speech is not allowed. As far as India is concerned, we as a country did not move together very fast. People at grassroots level don’t understand the meaning of containment.
We tried controlling virus we got into a mode of “catch the fellows coming from abroad, don’t let them out.” That’s dangerous because it creates a stigma against the carrier as that is something each one of us is going to get in the future. That was a wrong start. Now, we need a very good leadership to change that attitude.

EXIT STRATEGY
The world that emerges from the corona virus pandemic may be a warring collection of countries that are more closed off and nationalistic than before. But without rapid and effective global co-operation, the world may not overcome this crisis safely at all. The first crucial element of a COVID-19 exit strategy is massive testing for which adequate supplies of kits and protective equipment are needed with ventilators. It will help to divide the people in infected and fine; so that proper care will be given to infected people. All we need is a global co-operation for global exit of virus.
While governors of US states are bidding against one another for scarce ventilators, some European governments are barring their export. A British minister has said that country’s inability to source necessary reagents is slowing down testing. COVID-19 cripples the US and ravages many countries; politicians are battling to craft a narrative of who-to-blame for its damage. Solution is to increase the cooperation as much as we can in the production, distribution, just using the global chains more effectively as possible.
Second is effective disease surveillance a control.
As, a new study by researchers at the University of Oxford suggests that tracing apps can be effective in reducing infection by 60% of the populations adopts them. Hesitant countries should cooperate fast to adapt surveillance tools to the need to protect civil rights. This will require transparent oversight, clear principles of fairness (including equal access and treatment), robust data protection, and audits of the algorithms used.
Third, should be a global COVID-19 exit plan with an effective vaccine. Fortunately, international scientific cooperation is accelerating progress toward developing one. Researchers in China, the US, and Europe are sharing viral genome sequences, while doctors from Harvard University; the Xijing Hospital in Xi’an, China; and Northern Italy are working on treatments, and top virologists are sharing findings on World Health Organization conference calls and placing them in online archives such as medRxiv and bioRxiv.
Finally, the faster and more effectively we act to contain the spread of the virus in the world’s poorest and most populous countries, the better we can protect everyone. This requires urgent investment in prevention that also depends on cooperation- including the disease control centers, monetary fund emergency financing and World Bank’s emergency health support.
Working together will wipe the corona out of the world and we all will be able to get back to our works again happily.

Fight Corona, Not People

A. Madhumitha
Dr. MGR Educational and Research Institute,

2020 – What a year it was expected to be? It was a year by which Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam wanted India to be a Developed Nation. Are we on his dream path? Are we towards becoming a Developed Nation? I can’t help but disagree. So, where are you? Where am I? Where are we Indians exactly? Isn’t it an irony to say that instead of penetrating towards bigger things, we are seeking very basic things like Humanity? COVID – 19 is indeed hands down an unexpected break in the history of Mankind. Not a sort of break we were expecting from our busy schedule.


A Break that has put us inside four walls. A tiny freaking enemy that vanishes in air, invisible and raging a war against mankind challenging all the modern development. Funny that we had invested so much of our resources in defense and atomic power, only if we had given equal importance to medicine! At Least some of us are blessed with a roof top and food every meal. But some people out there, the less fortunate, are struggling to meet their ends. People are struggling to stay hygienic in a crowd packed slum. Some of us whine to stay indoors while others don’t even have a place to stay. Be reasonable. It’s an unusual condition. Our actions won’t just affect us it’s a cluster reaction.


No gold or silver is more important than our own lives. But still we see the Doctors, Nurses, Policemen, Media and Cleaning Staffs risking their lives, going out there on the field that is no less than a battlefield. Why do they do that? It’s not the money or the fame. It’s the service. They are serving our nation in a tough time like this. When me and you have an opportunity to stay at home, these selfless people are out there serving us, ensuring our safety.


What can be a more noble work than this in a pandemic situation? But instead of standing by them and supporting them in this noble cause, what are we doing? We oust them from apartments and protest them from entering our streets. Is this the way of showing our gratitude? How much low have we stooped to not allow their dead bodies to be cremated in our towns? Do we even realize how many more of us would be dead if they aren’t on the field risking their lives?


Those people face a lot more exposure to the virus than us. As a Human being, it’s our responsibility to be compassionate to each other during tough times like this. To help each other out, at our own safe distance. This virus is already causing a lot of commotion around, let’s not add any more negativity here. Let’s discover happiness in small things, in donating, in painting, cooking or sleeping over couch even. These tiny things matter not only to us, it matters a lot to people out in the field. As long as we social distance, the fewer patients they treat. The less their struggle. Irrespective of whether the Government prolongs or opens up the lock down, it should be us, in our right minds to stay indoors and support all those who are risking their lives on the field. Let’s be together in this social distance.
Let’s fight this virus together. Good times will be back! And again, let’s fight Corona and Not our People!So, we should stand by each other in such a crucial time and fight against this epidemic.

एक जुट होकर लड़ना होगा

मकड़ध्वज यादव
इलाहाबाद विश्वविद्यालय  

दोस्तों हम सब जानते हैं कि आज भारत ही नहीं पूरा विश्व COVID-19 जैसे महामारी से जूझ रहा है। हम अमेरिका और इटली की हालत देख ही चुके हैं अब वक्त है कि हम अपने देश को बचाए, अगर हम सुरक्षित हैं तो हमारा देश सुरक्षित है, क्योंकि हमसे और आपसे मिलकर ही तो हमारा देश बना है। पिछले कुछ दिनों ये सुनने को मिला की बहुत से लोग हमारे पुलिस सुरक्षाबलों पर पत्थर फेंके लाठियां चलाई, वहीं दूसरी तरफ बहुत से मरीज हमारे डॉक्टरों पर थूके तथा नर्सो पर भी अभद्र टिप्पणी की जो बेहद दुखद है हमें ये समझना होगा कि हमे आपस में नही बल्कि Corona से लड़ना है क्योंकि ये लोग ही ऐसे है जो इस वैश्विक महामारी में भी हमारे साथ खड़े हैं। ज्यादा से ज्यादा हरी सब्जी, फल खाए तथा योगा और व्यायाम करें और ढेर सारी रोचक कहानियां पढ़े और उपन्यास पढ़े तथा अपना सबसे रुचिकर काम करे जैसे खाना बनाना, बागवानी करना,आदि और Quarantine का भरपूर आनंद उठाए । दोस्तो हम सबको एक जुट होकर लड़ना होगा ।

हम जरूर जीतेंगे इस महामारी से क्युकी मानव जीवन इतना जिद्दी होता है कि वो हर मुसीबत से लड़ के पुनः जीना सीख ही जाता है,इसका गवाह हमारा इतिहास भी है जिसमें टीबी,प्लेग,पोलियो जैसी महामारियां समाहित हैं। हमें जो महत्वपूर्ण कार्य करना है वो हैं—-
1- किसी भी तरह की बीमारी से ज्यादा से ज्यादा बचने कि कोशिश करनी है।
2- अपने बुजुर्गों कि और नन्हे बच्चों की हमे खास देखभाल करनी है और जो किसी भी तरह की बीमारी से पीड़ित हैं उनकी और खास देखभाल करनी है।
3- कहीं भी बहुत जरूरी जब तक ना हो ना जाए।
4- हाथों को बार – बार साबुन से लगभग 20 सेकेंड तक धोएं।
5- Social distancingबनाए रखे और किसी से भी हाथ मिलाने से बचे।

किसी भी तरह की जानकारी के लिए सरकार द्वारा जारी की गई हेल्पलाइन नंबर पर संपर्क करें तथा आरोग्य सेतु ऐप को डाउनलोड अवश्य करें। दोस्तो हम सभी को एकजुट होकर लड़ना है और एक और नया इतिहास रच पूरे विश्व के लिए एक मिसाल कायम करनी है।

महामारी के दौरान बच्चों और बूढ़ों की विशेष सुरक्षा

अंशुमान द्विवेदी
बाबा बरूआदास पी०जी० कॉलेज, अम्बेडकर नगर


बच्चों की शुरक्षा
कोरोना के बढ़ते खतरे ने लोगों की चिंता बढ़ा दी है। सबसे ज्यादा चिंतित वे लोग हैं जिनके घर में बच्चे हैं, हालांकि बच्चों में कोरोना वायरस के संक्रमण का केस बहुत कम ही देखने को मिला है। फिर भी ‘विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन और यूनिसेफ’ ने संक्रमण से बचाने के लिए बच्चों का खासतौर पर ख्याल रखने की सलाह दी है।
★ आदत में बदलाव करवाएं। अपने बच्चों को किसी भी संक्रमित व्यक्ति के आस-पास न जाने दें। खांसी जुकाम और बुखार से पीड़ित लोगों से उन्हें दूर रखें।
★बच्चो को साफ रहने के तरीके बताएं और अपने घर को स्वच्छ रखें और अगर समय हो तो सुबह-शाम पूरे परिसर को कीटाणुनाशक से सफाई करते रहें। उनके खिलौनो को भी कीटाणुनाशक से साफ करें। नाखूनों को भी साफ रखें क्योंकि उसमें छिपे वायरस बच्चे को नुकसान पहुंचा सकते हैं। बच्चों को साबुन-पानी से लगातार हाथ धोना सिखाएं।
★उम्दा भोजन कराएं। बच्चों को पानी खूब पिलाएं। उन्हें अच्छे से खाना खिलाते रहें ताकि उसकी इम्युनिटी बनी रहे। ऐसी कोई भी चीज न दें जिससे इनका गला खराब हो।
★डराएं नहीं: तमाम तरह की खबरें सुनकर बच्चों के मन में वैसे ही कई सवाल होंगे, जिससे वे डिप्रैशन का शिकार हो सकते है। इसलिए जरूरी है कि आप उन्हें डराएं नहीं बल्कि सही जानकारी दें। फेक न्यूज से बचायें। आपको अपने बच्चे की चिंता दूर करनी होगी। उसे बताना होगा कि कोरोना वायरस वद्यैसा ही वायरस हैै, जैसा आपको खांसी -जुकाम होने या डायरिया और उल्टी होने पर हमला करता है।
★चिड़चिड़ा होने से बचाएं और उनका मनोरंजन ख़ुद करवाएं। छुट्टियां बच्चों के लिए मस्ती लेकर आती हैं। कोरोना की वजह से स्कूल बंद हैं और सारे बच्चे घर पर हैं। वह अक्सर बाहर खेलने जाने की जिद करते हैं, आप मना करेंगे तो वह चिड़चिड़े हो जाएंगे। ऐसे में उनका साथ देना होगा। उन्हें इंडोर गेम्स, नृत्य-गायन जैसी चीजों में व्यस्त रखें।

वृद्धों की शुरक्षा
कोविड-19 कोरोनावायरस से सबसे ज्यादा खतरा उन बुजुर्गों को है, जिनकी आयु लगभग 65 वर्ष या उससे अधिक है। जिन वरिष्ठ नागरिकों को स्वास्थ्य से संबंधित समस्याएं, जैसे डायबिटीज, लंग्स का रोग या हार्ट से संबंधित रोग हैं और यदि इन समस्याओं से ग्रसित बुजुर्ग व्यक्ति कोरोनावायरस से संक्रमित हो जाते हैं तो उनमें गंभीर जटिलाएं विकसित हो सकती है।
■ बुजुर्गों की देखभाल करते समय और सामान्य रूप से भी मूल स्वच्छता का पालन करें।
आप अपनी और अपने परिवार के बुजुर्गों की सुरक्षा के लिए हाइजीन को बनाए रखें। अपने हाथों को साबुन और पानी से लगातार लगभग 20 सेकंड तक धोएं। घर में किसी को भी या अपने बुजुर्गों को खाना परोसने से पहले, उन्हें छूने से पहले या बिस्तर पर आराम करने के लिए उनकी मदद करने से पहले हाथ जरूर धोएं। सुरक्षित रहने के लिए उन्हें भी यह करने को कहें।
■ सही जानकारी लें और बुजुर्गों को उसके बारे में विस्तार से बताएं।आप कोरोनावायरस के बारे में सही जानकारी WHO की वेबसाइट से ले सकते हैं और अपने परिवार के बुजुर्ग व अन्य लोगों को सावधान रहने के लिए इसके बारे में विस्तार से बता सकते हैं। आप उन्हें बचाव की कुछ सावधानियां बरतने के लिए भी कह सकते हैं।
वरिष्ठ नागरिकों को छूने से बचें। बुजुर्गों को गले लगाने और उनसे प्यार करने से उन्हें विशेष महसूस होता है पर जरूरी है कि आप यह सब करने से तब तक बचें जब तक कोरोनावायरस का प्रभाव कि नहीं हो जाता। इस समय अपने बुजुर्गों से हाथ मिलाने या गले लगने से बचें। उनसे एक सुरक्षित दूरी बनाए रखें, विशेषकर तब यदि आप अब घर से बाहर काम पर जाते हैं। बेशक आप अन्य तरीकों से उन्हें विशेष महसूस करा सकते हैं और इसके लिए उनसे प्यारी-प्यारी बातें करें व एक सुरक्षित दूरी में रहकर उनके साथ समय बिताएं।
■ इस बात का खयाल रखें कि वे स्वस्थ भोजन करते हैं। बुजुर्गों को कोरोनावायरस से सबसे ज्यादा खतरा होने का मुख्य कारण यही है कि उनकी इम्यूनिटी बहुत कमजोर होती है। बढ़ती उम्र के साथ इम्यून सिस्टम को युवा की तरह रखना संभव नहीं है पर इस समय स्वस्थ आहार का सेवन करके इसके स्तर को बनाए रखा जा सकता है।
■ आप उनके कपड़े अलग से धोएं और सुनिश्चित करें कि वे धुले हुए कपड़े ही पहनें।
■ आप अपने घर की चीजों और पूरे घर को विशेषकर जहाँ ज्यादा आना-जाना होता है, उस जगह को कीटाणुओं से मुक्त करें। अधिक बचाव के लिए जिन चीजों को ज्यादातर छुआ जाता है या जमीन को आप बार-बार साफ कर सकते है।
■ यदि आप बीमार हैं और आपको थोड़ा-बहुत भी सर्दी जुकाम है तो आप अपने घर के बुजुर्गों की सेवा न करें या उनका ध्यान न रखें। विशेषकर कोरोनावायरस के दौरान यदि आप बीमार हैं तो खुद की जांच करवाएं और दूसरों से थोड़ा अलग रहें। इस समय अपने बुजुर्गों से न मिलें और उन्हें कोई समस्या न होने दें।
यह कुछ सावधानियां हैं जिन्हें बरतने से आप अपने बच्चों और बुजुर्गों व प्रियजनों को सुरक्षित रख सकते हैं। क्योंकि जिस बीमारी का कोई इलाज़ नहीं उसका एक ही उपचार है सावधानी।

तो सावधान रहें शुरक्षित रहे।

Protecting poor during lockdown

Bharti Kumari
Shri Tikaram Kanya Mahavidalaya, Aligarh

Hello everyone! First of all i would like thanks whom gave me a chance to share my views about Corona. As we all know that due to Corona virus.whole of the countries in this world declared lockdown for some time. All the citizens are closed in their homes.At this time of crisis, the destitute poor and poor workers faces the most troublesome.

So I have selected the theme for my article is `protecting the poor during lockdown. So I would like to present my view on this topic.if this lockdown was for only one or two days then there is no problem but as we knows batter the lockdown will dragging for a long time and no one knows when will it stops.But due to this lockdown time , the people who are in trouble and facing problems to find the things which are necessary for day today life like- food and Medical helps, its own duty to provide them help and to think upon this because this is also a serious subject to think that how should be provide help those poor people?
However the government and other social organisation are in the help of those people. The government provide the food and the other necessary things to those people but it seems impossible that the government can help the every need person because it is hard to find who is actually a needy person.

At this time of crisis, when the police and doctors and the other people who putting their lives in risk for the sake of humanity it’s not our duty as the citizens of this country to help poor people for humanity. It’s every one’s duty if he or she is capable to help others in any way he or she should help those poor people.
But I am not saying to break the rules of lockdown but to help them. You can also help them when you are sitting at your home.
Here is an idea how can you help those poor people by sitting at your home. The competent person of any area or the persons. Whose economic conditions are good can collect the money as the donotation from the competent person of the area and easily provide the food and necessary thing to the poor person of the area. They can also provide them mask and sainetry napkins and explain those poor people, How to we their products and also told them about the epidemic and social distance.

People have to understand that the country needs their help at this time.
And if you are not able to help those poor people in economics bare you can inform the government or the competent people of your about those poor people so that the government that can easily provide them help. If there is any person. Who is poor or in need without thinking about his religion or cost we should help him for the humanity.

Sometimes I feel regret by thinking that the way people raise their hands to picks up the stones, why people doesn’t raise them hands to help the poor people in the time of crisis. If the people raised their hands to help others then the picture of our country will be change.
In this time of crisis,we should also take care of the mindset of those poor people so the spirit of rebellion does not spread among them. If the spirit of rebellion effect their minds they all will gather on records. So we should suggest them to be patience and Restrained at this time and also we should help those helpless people.

If we do not save the poor class or the working class in this time of crisis then in this great war against Corona we will loss but if we want to win this great battle we should make a promise to our self that we will not let anyone die because of hunger.
The people of India are the unbreakable part of India and as a citizen of India. This is our duty to save and help the other citizens of India. We should help all those needy poor people only by following the rules of lockdown.
In the last, I want to say after independence we have an opportunity to change all the atmosphere we can not loose this opportunity. The opportunity bring us together and we can do something for our country.
I pray to God to grant us the power to fight against this great war of corona. May God get rid us soon.
Be careful at stay safe in Lockdown, be happy and help the poor.
Stay Home Stay Safe!