The official lockdown in India taken as a step in an attempt to slow the spread of the Coronavirus began on the midnight of 24 March as annonced by the PM “aaj rat Barah Baje se”.
I had not heard of Coronavirus before the mid of February. It is a deadly virus and a large number of people all over the world have tested positive and thousands passed away. Do check official websites for the number of casualties. One message I read was that people in a particular country have stopped counting the number of casualties. People now are required to take care not count. Not sure about its authenticity but if someone has posted it, it must be with some understanding of this grave situation.
The solution, according to experts from the medical profession, is Social distancing. Now the words are familiar but not the combination together. They basically mean distance yourself physically from people, social beings. Again something new.
I do read newspapers to get an understanding of what is happening around me, not to read and criticize anyone. I began listening to Podcasts more frequently than usual on Spotify. I. particularly, made an effort to listen to news abroad. The situation in China was what is here now. Lockdown. People were trying to grapple with the situation. The sitation was grim. The enemy was out of reach. Now we have an out-of-control situation not only in India but all over the world.
I told a couple of neighbours and my parents about what I understood the situation could turn out to be. They already knew what’s happening, and were just doing normal stuff as usual.
My thoughts after the end of Day 1 of the official Lockdown are:
- Why do people think they are invincible
- What is the point of sharing messages/memes without realizing the seriousness of the situation.
- I am working from home, I have provisions that will run for about a month or so.
- After that what?
- Grocery stores are open. But am I willing to go and risk myself.