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Pandemic: without mask & Social distancing People long for act of god for safety

By Satish Sharma

New Delhi/Jaipur, Sep 5: They say, an outbreak of pandemic is an act of God, so did believe many among governance providers, including Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the context of the prevailing COVID19 crisis.

This popular saying may or may not always be correct, however, it suits many to propound it as a justified one.

This may provide to agencies and officials, a justified escape (from responsibility) for their lapses and shortcomings while handling the situation and mitigating the crisis.

Let, we go by the popular belief of the “act of God (nature) then it is imperative upon us to keep in mind that nature creates a problem with simultaneously ready solutions and we are required just to explore and find it out.

In this case, too, nature did so, given solution, that is called self-discipline–by way of social distancing and wearing the mask.

Strict abidance of the mandatory twin norms itself can prevent transmission of the infection in a big way and also avert 7.7 lakh deaths (worldwide) due to COVID 19 infection by the next 4 months, a US varsity study claims.

So simple is the solution, however, neither the people are ready to abide by the restrictions nor the concerned officials keen in strictly enforcing the mandatory regulations.

A very large number of people neither want to wear masks nor bother to observe social distancing. The authorities who are responsible for enforcement of the advisories and restrictions are doing every task, but, the compliance of the protocol norms at a point in time where every indicator is pointing at worry causing times ahead.

Even presently, the number of new cases and casualties are recording spiral rise, the viral threat has growingly been inflicting more and more hardships on people, our medical care system, and the governance providers.

Saturday alone recorded high single-day spike of 86,432 cases nationwide as the death toll overnight gone up by 1089. Rajasthan alone has been accounting for more than 1500 new cases every day for sometimes.

As the data registered alarming growth every day three prominent doctors have warned people of a worrisome situation in months to come.

Dr Naresh Trehan, Dr Hemant P Thacker, and Dr L H Hiranandani while participating in a TV interaction held that the pandemic was not going away anywhere soon.There is nothing like “it is weakening”. They said that it was also not a well founded fact that re-infection can not happen. There are cases where it relapsed.

The trio’s core warning was that cases will rise exponentially because people have started getting adventurous, violating health protocols and norms.

Youngsters have been found to be the main source of bringing infection into the family. People have started going to restaurants, partying at home, going for group walks, throwing all precautions to the wind.

“There is nothing like, I, take enough precautions or It can not happen to me or I have gone through it and have antibodies to fight it”, they cautioned.

This puts a question mark on the efficacy and utility of plasma therapy.

Meanwhile, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine has predicted that nearly 770,000 lives can be saved worldwide for four months by December by taking proven measures such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

Cumulative deaths worldwide feared to touchmark of 2.8 million by January, that means about 1.9 million more casualties feared to occur until the end of the year. Daily deaths in December could reach as high as 30,000.

IHME is an independent global health research organization at the University of Washington, School of Medicine that provides a rigorous and comparable measurement of the world’s most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them.

“These first-ever worldwide projections by country offer a daunting forecast as well as a roadmap toward relief from COVID-19 that government leaders, as well as individuals, can follow,” said IHME Director Dr. Christopher Murray.

“The science is clear and the evidence irrefutable: mask-wearing, social distancing, and limits to social gatherings are vital to helping prevent transmission of the virus.”

Our overburdened and mismanagement and lapses ridden in many instances has its limitations. The enhanced needs of facilities and hospital infrastructure, inadequate availability of doctors, and lapses on parts of health care providers, and administrative authorities, in many cases, can not be addressed overnight.

However, people can resolve to abide by mask wearing norm, social distancing and other regulations without delay and officials can ensure voluntary or forced compliance of the norms.

If, it  happens this one step can prove to be a game changer move on part of the people and authorities as well.


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