Coronavirus in India – The entire world is fighting the scary nCovid-19 virus with whatever might the countries have been able to muster. The strategy & methodology differs, but, the goal is the same. With mortality (death due to nCovid) rate per million being less than ‘1’per million in India and around ‘165’per million in the USA as on 27th April’20; the situation is very fluid. The fact that the economic damage due to lockdowns in varying degrees across the world is already hurting and could get far worse makes fighting this pandemic almost like fighting a War. The only difference is that the entire world is facing the enemy together. However, some have a strong doubt that China is the perpetrator who unleashed this scourge on us and it is all the countries against the virus & China. But, we will leave this to be decided in the future. The objective of this article is to outline the ground realities and describe the best behavior by the population that will make India win this war.
Coronavirus in India – PM Modiji & #Covidwarriors
PM Modiji has been recognized as the Global Leader who, the world acknowledges, has handled the pandemic much better than countries with far more financial and healthcare resources. It is a matter of pride for all Indians that the timely and firm steps taken by Modiji in implementing the lockdown are being praised by WHO, most world leaders as well as experts in the field. The resultant success has only been made possible with the work put in by India’s own #Covidwarriors, our healthcare teams, the police personnel, our sanitation staff, the civil services staff, para-military forces, transport and logistics teams, drivers & pilots in addition to innumerable others who simply braved the odds and made personal contributions and sacrifices without being asked to. The role of many state politicians who offered to bury the political quarrels and extended full support to the Modi government is also laudable. The big question is whether we, the masses who are not in the frontline, understand our role in this war against the mutating virus. Yes, the nCovid-19 virus is fighting a Guerilla war. There are new strains L & S of Corona and as per media-reports the infected person may or may not show symptoms.
Coronavirus in India – The Reality
Lockdowns anywhere are just meant to keep the number of infected in control and can’t guarantee that the virus will be eradicated. Dr.Shailendra Singh, a surgeon & a proud Indian in the UK, who is on active duty fighting against the virus observes that “the objective of avoiding panic, identifying infected people and areas with the possibility of a faster spread while continuously improving the healthcare arrangements has been well-met in India”. Dr.Sudhir Singh of Global Hospital & Research center in Mt.Abu, India, believes that the “lock-down has given the much needed time for some basic training towards bolstering the preparedness of the healthcare teams in testing & handling infected patients”. The quarantine and isolation exercise has ensured that the number of days the disease takes to double the infected has been stretched to almost 11days in many parts of India which continue to have Redhot zones. In some areas, where the infections were already low and mostly contained, the #doublingrate has been stretched to as many as 45days. So, the precautions have saved lives, allowed time to build safety measures for the healthy population as also trials of some indigenous approaches to fight the infection and saving lives. But, the search for a definitive cure is still on.
Therefore, the lockdowns may continue in Redhot areas where the infection rate is high and precautions will be taken by not allowing the opening of public transport, restaurants, and all places wherever rules of social distancing can’t be met. During the next few weeks, we, the common people, must do the following to help our government’s efforts in keeping us safe-
- Stay Indoors unless you need to replenish essentials or there is some emergency. Follow all instructions by the health department https://www.mohfw.gov.in/
- Always wear cloth masks when stepping out of the house. Wash the masks and gloves every day.
- After returning home, wash your slippers/shoes/shoe soles and spray Hi-Alcohol content sanitizer on those.
- Change clothes and drop the clothes for washing
- Wash all washable stuff that you bought from the market. Fruit, vegetables, sealed poly packs… everything
- Take a shower, or, wash hands and all exposed portions of the body and use sanitizer.
Coronavirus in India
The Medical Remedy
Scientists across the world are engaged in research to make an effective vaccine for nCovid-19. Some trials are already underway, however, a proper clinical process/protocol is followed before a vaccine or a drug can be termed as definitive prevention or cure for a virus. Only after a certain number of trials and patients respond to the vaccine / drug and then the further study states after-effects or the absence of those, the vaccine/drug is approved. This is a lengthy process and unless a miracle happens, we are many weeks away from a tested vaccine or a drug for treatment.
Coronavirus in India – The Implications
It is a foregone conclusion therefore that we will have to learn to live with the virus around us whenever the lockdown gets lifted, partially or fully. As per Dr.Sudhir & Dr.Shailendra, Personal hygiene & social distancing is going to be the ‘way of life’ for some time to come. Indians have quickly restored the habit of saying ‘Namaste’ with folded hands as have many people across the globe. It is no surprise that UK leads in the list of countries where ‘Namaste’ with folded hands is trending as a greeting. Handshake is being avoided everywhere.
High immunity is a definite blessing to fight any disease and specially nCovid and its strains. Eating right, active lifestyle and taking some supplements as recommended by the Ministry of
AYUSH are some steps in the right direction.
Dr.Sudhir Singh was also very concerned about the mental impact of all the hardships that the people are going through during these unprecedented times. He believes that people should adopt more of the well-established Indian way of life with meditation and learnings of Vedas & epic Geetaji to keep in good mental health to brave the after-effects of this pandemic.
Coronavirus in India
Dr.Lalit Mohan Parashar, a renowned ENT specialist based in Delhi, India, recommends Iodine gargles & a few drops in the nose regularly 3 times a day to take care of two portals of entry for viruses, i.e., mouth & nose. This additional precaution would further fortify one’s defense against any viral infection. Iodine for such use is easily available in the market as ‘Betadine gargles’ or ‘Drez gargles’.
Stay Indoors, Stay Positive, Stay Safe.