Post Mortem

The dire need to break the chain of infection

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/3/2021 1:31:51 PM IST

 Reading between ‘how we overcame the first wave of infection’ and ‘the chance of where the second wave could lead us into’, it should tell any responsible person that we need proper isolation and lockdowns to break the chain of the ‘possible-double-mutant’ second wave. Yes, it is true we are all tired of lockdowns, restricting and confining ourselves to limited spaces, and staying at home, but if we don’t do this, the consequence of it, is likely to be an even more catastrophic one. The slide into how things are turning out is a saying that we will have a grimmer situation ahead of us if we don’t take responsible action now. This chance should not be disregarded.

It is said, we need to choose between two bad options sometimes – lockdown is a very bad option, but the other option of keeping society open is an even more catastrophic one – a deadly one. We need to choose the bad option over the catastrophic one. We do not always have one as the good option and the other as the bad one, sometimes both as just bad. We just need to pick the one less damaging. And therefore, looking at how people behave, we need stricter lockdown for some period of time, excepting basic amenities, to break the chain of transmission. If it is not for the lockdowns, we are, probably, not breaking the chain of infection. 

There is also a general consensus among the people of Nagaland that we are somehow different from the others. That we are somehow immune to the virus by way of our food culture and way of life. This is, by far, only an assumption. If we take this notion and become complacent to the intensity of the infection, we will be seeing a situation of the likes of what is happening today in Delhi and other parts of the country. We, of course, don’t want to see that. Therefore, if we are to protect ourselves from this dire situation of the future, we must act responsibly now. It can’t be until we are seeing widespread infection, and dead in numbers we do not want to see. We know that day, is going to be too late. 

What the second wave of the virus also tells us is that we cannot be going out too fast even after the infection/cases might slide down, until every safety measure is taken and ensured by the authority concerned that it is safe to go out. The time for us to return to ‘the normal’ like the time that it was before covid hit us, is sure going to be a boring eventual and slow one, but I think it’s the best responsible way out. We should not rush into opening up large gatherings lest we face yet another wave of the virus. We need to be assured on almost every aspect before we take major steps further, and avoid letting ignorance lead the way. There was an article headline that said “In this hour of Covid crisis, let science talk” (not casual emotions), by Shashank R Joshi. This is true. We should let science and rationality lead the way.  

Let’s keep ourselves healthy during this time of the pandemic, read books to ease our minds, sleep soundly and keep our minds healthy. Be safe, be well. 

P. David, Kipeuzang, Peren.


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