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A protest in liestal against the corona pandemic mesurments. Photo by Kajetan Sumila on Unsplash

By Salil Gewali

This time we have known about life more clearly than ever before. Death is just one step away from healthy respiration. If our lungs and hearts cannot pull in the fresh air from outside, we are gone! What we all must understand is that our life on earth here, which is so vulnerable to various external forces, let alone the internal sickness, is very "impermanent". The pandemic COVID 19 has emerged to ram home this very point.

True, the Wuhan virus has virtually broken the back of the global economy. It has also given a big jolt to civilization. Not just that, it has literally deflated our egos, it has shrunken our arrogance too! Have our modern technologies not helplessly failed in to save so many of our beloved relatives and friends during this pandemic? Of course, the respective governments across the globe left no stone unturned to keep their citizens as safe and healthy as possible. They upgraded their medical facilities to the maximum extent. The government administration consistently reminds us through the phone messages that we must follow all COVID protocols with utmost alertness, though we seldom heed those warnings.

Wuhan virus has virtually broken the back of the global economy. It has also given a big jolt to civilization. Photo by KOBU Agency on Unsplash

But I'm afraid, sometimes I feel it is just the tongue-in-cheek diktats. Don't we see the government holding public events every now and again? Some public leaders are going about without masks. How do we describe this? Those who make the laws should not be the first to break them.

One wonders why it is so "very essential" to celebrate Independence Day, community festivals et al as we are most likely to get infected with the virulent virus. Our achieved freedom cannot be taken away by the Britisher anymore! If I am not mistaken the "social gatherings" are more dangerous than any other thing. Why don't we put off all kinds of gatherings, social festivities, and celebrations until we are fully able to defeat the virus? The ways people went around on India Independence Days in some states or in some odd festivals and celebrations in the USA and UK send chills down the spine. Of course, some states had a very subdued independence celebration.

More lockdown relaxation means more vulnerability to the virus variants. Photo by Zhang Kenny on Unsplash

More lockdown relaxation means more vulnerability to the virus variants. So extra caution must be taken even if we have taken both the COVID doses. Many countries have again started witnessing the increasing number of cases such as UK, USA, Brazil, Russia and some parts of India. There is nothing to be complacent now. Vaccination hesitancy is another worrisome concern in many countries.

However, we can no longer ignore the essential business activities ---- particularly that involve the weaker section of people and daily wagers.

Vaccination hesitancy is another worrisome concern in many countries. Photo by Jakayla Toney on Unsplash

Majority of Governments have taken the right decision by easing the restriction in many of the cities. The continuous lockdowns have caused tremendous hardship to underprivileged communities. For them, the government needs to lift the restriction/lockdown but not for the celebration of festivals, social and religious events.

God will continue to shower His blessings even if we abstain ourselves now from participating in religious gatherings and so on, I am logically sure. God may not help those who sing the hollow prayers by risking their lives. What has come down now may go up again if we do not learn from our past mistakes.

(An India-based writer and researcher, Salil Gewali is best known for his research-based work entitled 'Great Minds on India' which has earned worldwide appreciations. Translated into Twelve languages, his book has been prefaced by a world-acclaimed NASA Chief scientist – Dr. Kamlesh Lulla of Houston, USA.)

Keywords: Covid Restrictions Ease ,Covid19, Pandemic, Wuhan, Vaccination


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