Post Mortem

In response to frantic responses against Covid-19

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 3/12/2020 11:05:01 AM IST

 As Covid-19 that has now sickened about 100,000 people and caused more than 3000 deaths, it breaks your heart to see how certain sections of people across the world have responded to the pandemic in ways which are outrightly shameful, disturbing, and blown out of proportion.

While haters lost no time to launch their campaign against China, where the virus said to have originated from, by posting faulty and digressive contents on the internet and social media, some politicize it by pushing outrageous and irresponsible rhetoric in attempts to bring their political opponents down, still, others dangerously spiritualize it by putting religious adherents at risk of potential exposure to the virus, what’s more, discouraging the infected to seek medical attention.

All these responses and the like are in complete defiance of the ethical principle that one should not put individuals at risk of harm. 

While it’s only natural for people to differ in the way how they perceive and communicate information or react to a particular occurrence, sadly, many have been misled and are easy prey to the irresponsible fake news and rumors circling especially on social media networks.

Covid-19 doesn’t care who you are, what your political ideation is, or what belief system you subscribe to. No country or race is immune to infection.

As responsible citizens of the world, we have an unmistakable moral obligation to do what is right by recognizing and acting on the principles of truth, righteousness, and neighborly love. We should ensure that not only what we know is based on facts, but even as we discuss suffering, calamities, and diseases, we should do so in a way that is compassionate to other fellow citizens.

* People should refrain from making wild catastrophic reactions based on panic and fear.

* Neither overly rational comments will help, but only put at disadvantage of the efforts to stop the spread of the virus.

* They should refrain from generating fake news and

* spreading unverified information, 

* hoarding face masks and hand sanitizers, and  

* manipulating it to serve their sophistic rhetoric.

This is a time when must stand together and be proactive; share, and catalyze resources in combating the deadly virus and in protecting our own health and well-being including the health and well-being of all individuals around us.

Christians across the Nagaland State have a burden to continue praying and interceding for those who have lost their loved ones to the virus, for those undergoing treatment, for the infected and those providing care, and the many more lives affected by the pandemic in China and the world at large. We shall overcome.

Seyielhuvi Zhunyu, New Socunoma village, Medziphema

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