While the reports of pandemic COVID-19 fill our morning newspapers and our evening talks over tea, something unusual happened yesterday. Recently, PM Narendra Modi addressed the nation and asked people to stay home along with putting a “Janta Curfew” on 22 March.
But that wasn’t it. The PM also asked the nation to laud in order to show their gratitude towards those serving us people while putting themselves at the risk of getting infected. While people were urged to come to their balconies and clap, what actually happened was beyond magnificent.
Check out this video of 22 March Lockdown –
A nationwide chorus of the clanging of utensils, clapping, drums and conch shells being blown could be heard. The best part of it all was that everyone came out in balconies in unison at 5 PM and started the “ritual” which was a magnificent and beautiful sight to witness.
The whole country observed a self-imposed curfew on Sunday where there were little to no vehicles on the roads and the sky was filled with the chirping of birds who had lost their voice before humans caged themselves in their houses yesterday.
This pandemic might have given us a reason to not go out, or work from home or avoid other problems in general but we shouldn’t forget that there’s always a reason. And this time, it’s a global spread of virus along with fake news leading to panic.
In order to avoid misinformation and keep yourself safe, here are some measures that you can take.
1. Wash Your Hands Frequently
Washing your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer can help kill viruses that might be lurking on your hands.
2. Practice Social Distancing
Now, this is important because if someone coughs or sneezes near you, they spray tiny droplets of liquid that may contain COVID-19. If the person is standing close, there are chances that those droplets will get inside your body through your nose or mouth.
3. Avoid Touching Your Face, Eyes or Nose
Our hands touch many things in a day and who knows which one contains the virus. And once you pick it up, the virus can enter your body through your eyes, mouth or nose. So, make sure that you avoid doing that.
4. If you feel sick, seek medical care
If you are coughing or feeling unwell then you should seek medical attention. If you have fever, difficulty breathing and dry cough, inform your local health facility and try to quarantine yourself until the medical help arrives rather than going to the doctor yourself and meeting people.
If you want to save yourself from the virus, the only thing you can do right now is to stay aware and cautious to avoid getting infected or infecting the people around you. The only possible way right now is to quarantine yourself in your homes until things start getting better. If you feel sick or think someone else around you is sick, don’t waste time and seek medical help right away.