As the 3rd lockdown comes to an end it’s time to reflect what it means to us.
The govt has eased lot of restrictions and daytime curfew has been lifted. But does the going away of restrictions mean the virus has gone away?
Does it mean we can do away with the fear of catching Corona virus and resume life as it was earlier. The truth is, the infection is all around us. Much more than it was at the beginning of the lockdown. The lock down and social distancing measures have resulted in slowing of transmission of disease and limiting of number of cases to much less than what it would have been without these efforts. But the truth is unless we develop an effective and safe vaccine soon, eventually all of us will get infected sooner or later. In this scenario the question arises what did we achieve by slowing it if anyways everyone will still be affected?
In my opinion we took the measures much earlier than most of the countries did and we did well to contain the infection and prevent its spread. We needed to slow it’s propagation, which we were able to achieve and extended the doubling rate to above 10 days.
Slowing the transmission was important for us was important as the health infrastructure in in India was much less than Europe or US, especially in terms of ICU, ventilators and isolation facilities and even these countries were overwhelmed with the sudden huge load of patients, exhausting their ICU and hospital beds and PPE and losing the patients who could have been saved if adequately treated. If similar load of patients had hit us when we had no infrastructure we would have not been able to cope up with it. Lockdown bought time for us to build infrastructure, devise strategies and prepare better to deal with the pandemic.
Hopefully if vaccine or treatment modality comes soon enough many more lives will be saved.
As citizens we must understand that the battle has just started and although curfew is no longer enforced, self imposed discipline must continue until we win over this virus. Social distancing hand hygiene and other preventive precautions must continue and become part of our normal routine.
We must have patience and cooperate with each other. The chain is any as strong as it’s weakest link. Let’s not behave irresponsibly and harm everyone connected with us. Stay home, stay safe.