Life diaries #3: Life in the time of Corona

The whole corona situation is snowballing into a full-blown crisis. Paranoia is only making things worse. But taking matters lightly is also not advised.

Here in Kerala, we are proceeding towards near lockdown with all schools, colleges, recreational centres, theaters being temporarily closed down. Public gatherings and pilgrimages are being called off. Hundreds of people are in quarantine and 12 have been diagnosed with Corona at the time of writing this post.

Masks and sanitizers are in short supply. To make matters worse, the panic has also driven up the prices drastically. Though measures are in place against hoarding and exorbitant pricing of essential items, but there’s only so much they can do.

All we can do is to take all the necessary precautions. Better be safe than sorry.

Avoid spreading false information. It causes more panic and we’ve got enough of that already. So let’s not add oil to burning fires.

Verify any forwarded messages. Check and ensure that the information is not false, before believing or sharing it further.

Here’s the coronavirus disease advisory for the public from WHO

Visit here to find out more information and guidelines from WHO regarding the current outbreak of coronavirus disease.

The current situation demands vigilance. Not paranoia.

Image courtesy: Pixabay

© 2020 Shweta Suresh. All rights reserved.

18 thoughts on “Life diaries #3: Life in the time of Corona

  1. Although I’m not concerned for myself, there are others I keep in fervent prayers for protection. What annoyed me most was discovering, as you also mentioned, that cold-hearted greedy people raised the prices on ordinary–yet so necessary–products…to help prevent exposure to the virus which is killing people. It’s shameful. Now I’ll smile at your lovely photo and say, “blessings on your week” 🙂

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    1. Let’s keep all the needy in our prayers. The acts of some humans are downright disgusting. Let’s hope this pandemic ends soon. Take care, Rhen. Thank you so much for reading. 🙂

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  2. You seem to be saying two things. I’m not sure what you mean by ‘making things worse.’ What things? Is caution causing the infection rate to increase? In my opinion, dismissal of the potential for virus infection is the greater threat to its spreading.

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    1. Paranoia means that people are literally jumping at a chance to empty the shelves of sanitizers, people whose neighbours have been diagnosed with the disease are facing scarcity of food. The government has assured that they’ll take care of this but with the increasing number of people under quarantine, this is a challenge.
      I never said that we have to dismiss the potential of the virus infection which is exactly what I meant when I said that it shouldn’t be taken lightly. Vigilance is what we need, not paranoia.
      I don’t know which part of the world you’re from but here in India, people are being paranoid. Masks and sanitizers are in short supply. Thousands are under quarantine in my state alone. The huge population density and the spread of false news are huge obstacles. Those will be the things in your question.

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