#Day 5

#Day 5 is the first Sunday of the lockdown. 29/03/2020. India touches 1000 cases. The day I was dreading. Fingers crossed, hoping that the recovery number is as much as the cases identified.

The Maan ki Baat by the Indian PM is a radio talk to the nation. The citizens listen eagerly. This week, the PM asked everyone to increase social distancing and reduce emotional distancing. He apologized for certain decisions taken. https://www.narendramodi.in/prime-minister-narendra-modi-s-mann-ki-baat-with-the-nation-march-2020-549047

This day was busier with catching up on news I didn’t read yesterday, podcasts that I didn’t hear. And wanted to spend the Sunday relaxing. But it doesn’t happen, at the back of the mind was a fear, fear of the invisible enemy called by some nations. Still putting on a brave face. Socialising on Skype and whatsapp calls is helping maintain sanity.

Zimbabwe braces for a 21 day coronavirus lockdown. More than 31,000 casualties worldwide from the coronavirus. New York state’s coronavirus death toll is nearing 1000. The state accounts for more than 40% of the coronavirus deaths in the US.

Thoughts and questions:

  1. Today as I write about 1000 cases in India and close to 1000 deaths in the New York state, I am beginning to re-think my decision about trying to gather my days during the lockdown. It is sad. Wonder how the journalists do the reporting. They must be going through a lot? Do they get used to the alienation while reporting?
  2. I must watch/hear news at regular intervals, avoid having the FOMO.
  3. My gut instinct says India will not be affected as much as being predicted keeping in mind our population. I hope I am right. Pray.
  4. Shall take all those book recommendations, TV shows and films seriously.

#Day 4

#Day 4 is 28/03/2020, Saturday is when the US and Spain have an alarming increase number of cases. Why is it that I keep mentioning the developed countries that if they are not able to contain it, how is India going to if cases increase? I hope we don’t have to answer that.

Global domestic violence cases are on the rise. There are no specific details, just a percentage of rise. I seriously wonder what is wrong with people in general? Here it is a global situation, but no, everyone wants their way.

Each one is living with his or her insecurities, family A looks at family B in a happy space, Family A feels a vacuum. Why does one compare? Yardsticks are just to see where you are. Not to feel bad about. Take it as a challenge.

This is one of those days where I reached my peak and looked less at the news, tried to take off my mind by reading, caught up with old friends, tried to keep the Saturday like a Saturday. Feeling claustrophobic is not the way out, but that is the feeling. Thanks to the WFH (Work from Home), the feeling goes away, cooking is therapeutic, so is washing hands.

There are a sea of messages on whatsapp. At times it is a relief to see those memes and smile through this difficult phase. They also help some people understand the crisis. Take them seriously, stay home.

As of 28 March, 5;45 PM, 91 cases less than a 1000 have been reported in 27 states/Union Territories and 19 casualties reported. The four digit-mark is going to be said as thousands of people which is not pleasant. https://www.who.int/india/emergencies/india-situation-report