Updated: Mar 25
Here’s how India is trying to fight COVID-19 caused by a coronavirus and what you can do about it. (21 days lockdown)
The first case of COVID-19 broke out in China on 31st December 2019 of a patient suffering from an infection caused by a Novel Coronavirus. It caused a riot as the new strain was then found in thousands of patients causing deaths with death rates that have now reached above 3,500 in number. But China is not the only affected country.
The disease first announced to be epidemic (a widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community such as a state or country, at a particular time) has now been declared pandemic, (a disease that has spread across a large region such as continents and the world) and has spread around 196 countries and territories. A total report of above 3.8 million cases has been confirmed with around16.5k deaths in the world.
Italy had taken the worst hit as the unprepared citizens became the target of the COVID-19 pandemic disease and above 6,000 deaths have been reported in just a matter of few days. Despite the second advanced healthcare system in the world, Italy is inadequate in protecting lives due to the severity of the disease. Spain, Iran, the USA, France, and the UK are also among the countries that require effective measures to be able to fight the spread and infection of the disease.
Doctors are falling short and sick likewise, with some meeting death. Hospitals are being vastly occupied by the patients infected from COVID-19. The cure is still in the process to be found. A lot of information is still undiscovered and deaths are increasing every day. The unpredictability of the disease is scarier and delicate to work with. Precautions are stressed while countries are put under lockdown to prevent further severity.
India is one of the countries that is predicted and feared for a possible increased infection rate of COVID-19. Over 500 cases have been confirmed in the country with 10 deaths. It has the second-highest population in the world with 1.3 billion people, and medical health care remains quite backward compared to other developed countries. And while preparations are being made to control the spread of the COVID-19 disease, here are few things you are advised to co-operate with, as the government intervenes for our care.
· Following WHO precautionary guidelines- Be it a television, your phones, roadside walls or telephone lines, guidelines are stressed by the telecommunication services and social media. It generally includes washing hands, covering your mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing, wearing a mask, and to avoid rubbing your eyes with your hands. It also stresses to detect the symptoms and call for immediate help from several helplines available. The guidelines are easy enough to follow and can prevent the spread of disease to a large extent, and even preventing from infecting oneself.
· Encouraging social distancing- A precautionary method enacted to prevent the spread of disease from the infected person to a healthy one. Individuals are suggested to socialize with friends and the public from a safe distance. At least maintaining a six feet distance is advised. Get-togethers are discouraged along with parties, wedding hauls and crowded banquets as the chances of spread in these situations are more. Also, crowding in worship areas, markets is equally discouraged. Scientists and healthcare facilities predict that social distancing through self-isolation and maintaining safe distance can reduce the rate of infection by up to 62%.
· Janata Curfew- Janata Curfew was an effort made by the government of India on 22nd March 2020 to fight against coronavirus spread. It was applied to the advice of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi to the citizens to sustain themselves in self-imposed curfew. It was14 hours curfew from 7 am to 9 pm IST where the citizens were requested to stay at home. Only the workers in the essential services such as police, medical services, media, firefighters, etc were allowed to carry their routine. At 5 pm, all citizens were asked to clap and ring bells from their balconies and windows in appreciation of those professionals working in essential services line for the sake of citizens.
Some states went further and took part in the shutting down of Metro trains, Buses, and other public transport services.
Misinformation on the curfew was not long behind. Some rumours told that it was to spread anti-corona drug while others stressed that it was because the life-cycle of the virus lasted for only 12 hours and so 14 hours curfew was given. Some also thought cheering held at 5 pm was to encourage some Yogic practice that would eliminate the virus. All of the rumours had been nullified by the government and scientists dealing with coronavirus.
· Lockdown and home- quarantine. · Post Janata curfew, around 85 districts of India from states such as Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Kerala and Karnataka had announced lockdown where citizens were requested to stay at home up until the end of March. But in the recent announcement from PM Narendra Modi, has announced a complete lockdown of India (all states, districts and villages), for 21 days on 24th March 2020. It will be carried out from the midnight of the same day.
What it entails?
A complete lockdown of India is an emergency protocol declared by PM Narendra Modi that prevents people from leaving a given area. In this case your home. It usually allows for grocery stores, pharmacies and banks to operate with certain limitations.
All non-essential activities will remain shut during the period of lockdown, such as travelling, attending schools and Universities, and every other outdoor activity. Also, rail, intercity bus services are suspended throughout the country.
PM pleads that the 21 days of lockdown should be followed diligently or remain backwards for 21 years, stressing the severity of the situation.
To be prepared- Government, medical staff, and the military are all on high alert, in case the situation worsens. Hospitals are being arranged exclusively for the treatment of the patients infected with COVID-19. The Indian Centre for Medical Research (ICMR) shares that the virus is still in phase 2 of transmission. The Indian government, in short, is doing everything it can to prevent it from taking over India like it had over several other countries. But with a huge population, the mission is not possible without the citizens’ help. The government, doctors, nurses, and the military is doing everything it can. All you need to do is follow the guidelines and educate others as much as you can. Your health is in your hands too and not just doctors'…so, keep it safe.
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