Phani Raj Kuchibhotla

Curious Curator

PANIC & PANDEMIC - 8

I think this is day 4 of lockdown, I am not sure. But i am not checking too. I don’t see a point in checking it. All I know is it’s not 15th April yet, the last day of lock down. I am sure it won’t be a 21 day lock down, if we see the spread increase.

As of today number of cases is around 750 and there are early signs of local community spread.

Middle class is enjoying the re telecasts of Ramayan and Mahabharat. Rich ….. I don’t know how they are doing, probably getting everything done with their house helps and finding ways to earn more money in the time of pandemic.

Most affected are migrant daily wage laborers. They were hit by a surprise lockdown, with no way to make money in cities and no way to reach their villages due to lack of transportation. Thousands of them are risking the virus and are either walking 100s of kilometers to home or travelling in congested vehicles, only to be stopped at borders.

They, I feel are walking into landmine filled with bioweapons, god forbid, if any of them is an asymptotic carrier, by the time they reach their villages, all these thousands would become active. Given the lack of availability of special medical care in these villages, it may soon go out of hand. At this moment the only hope I have is that somehow, coupled with raising temperatures all of them develop immunity and stay safe. I think that’s the only thing we can do now.

I don’t even know how the state or central government can tackle a wide spread infection in these remote areas. There are news articles, saying Indian railways is converting Non air conditioned coaches to isolation wards in case of need. Agreed, these may be taken to the remote areas and used to isolate the active cases. But do we have first level medical staff and gear available to handle these cases? I don’t know.

All we do now is stay home, practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently and pray that we survive this and promise to take global warming warnings seriously.

to be continued!

stay safe

peace!