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How Privileged Are You During the Lockdown?

The world is going through a tough time and everyone is facing different problems

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The lockdown has put people into different sorts of problems worldwide. Many of us are privileged to be able to sit at home safely, while many others suffer outside. Pixabay

By Muskan Bhatnagar

How boring and hard is it to sit back at home during lockdown? No new episodes, no new movies, no delicious restaurant food, no car rides, no parties, no meetups with friends, and no travel plans.

But do we realize how privileged we are to be able to safely sit back at home? We are privileged enough to have a roof on our head, privileged enough to have sufficient food and savings, privileged enough to have our loved ones close, privileged enough to sleep at night when millions are dying outside, privileged enough to watch movies when the world is going through a crisis.

There are thousands of people who are stranded on the roads, away from family and hometown, with no source of income, no shelter, no food and no money to survive themselves. They’re dependent on the society and government for survival.

While the government has instructed us to stay home to prevent us from catching coronavirus, these people have no other choice than living on the streets. They’re highly exposed to the virus and can catch it anytime. With public transport shut, these people precisely the migrant workers, are forced to walk thousands of miles to their hometowns. Many of them fail to survive throughout the journey and lose their lives.

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Migrant workers are travelling on foot for thousands of miles, and many are losing lives because of the same reason. Pixabay

There are hundreds of such workers who have to sleep under the bridges or on the roads together. This also results in the suspension of social distancing norms which can increase the threat of the deadly virus. How worse can it get than being stranded thousands of miles away from home, with no money and resources to survive or return during a pandemic outbreak?

The sorrows don’t end here.

Many families, who have shelter, food, money, etc are in great pain too. The pain of separation from loved ones. So many people from rich or middle-class backgrounds have been tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus mainly because of travel history.

While the death toll is increasing every day, the lives of families whose members have been tested positive for COVID-19 have turned into a nightmare. The people who are tested positive are quarantined in hospitals while the family members are not allowed to meet them till they have recovered completely. There is no surety of recovery of any person. Now imagine the amount of fear, stress, and pain the family goes through.

You have your loved ones suffering from a virus and the best you can do is not meet them, when you have no clue whether they’ll survive or not. You have no idea how the person is being treated in the hospital and you’ll never get to know when they need you. Even if you know, you can do nothing about it. How hard can this get further? On the other hand, the patient who has been quarantined is going through other stress. Imagine being away from family, not feeling well, the negativity of people dying around you, living with strangers for days, and with no guarantee of life. The story is equally difficult on both sides.

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It is very diificult for a family when a member is quarantined in hospital and is struggling for life. Pixabay

Many people are losing their lives because of COVID-19 and the loved ones even not even able to visit their dead bodies.

If you still haven’t realized how privileged you are, then think about the hundreds and thousands of women and children who’re going through domestic violence and sexual abuse while in lockdown. They’re stuck with their abusers under the same roof. And they’ll be abused physically, mentally and sexually till the lockdown is lifted. The world has seen a significant increase in domestic violence cases since the outbreak of coronavirus has restricted us into our homes.

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Can we now realize and respect the privileges we have, while many others are facing the biggest tragedies of their lives every day? Not being able to enjoy and go out is not a “problem” when more than half of the human race is struggling for life.

While you half-heartedly eat homemade food, someone is dying of hunger. While you complain about not being able to go out, someone is dying of walking thousands of miles outside. While you get bored of watching movies, someone is waiting to look at their loved ones for one last time. While you fight with your family in lockdown, someone is walking miles to meet theirs.

Let’s start valuing the things we have and stop complaining about the basic inconveniences in life.

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This Quarantine Centre is A Place To Delight: Filled with Music, Yoga and a Menu of choice

This COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan offers music, meditation, aerobics along with the choicest of the menu for the people staying there!

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Rajasthan's quarantine centre has emerged as a role model by setting up new benchmarks. Pixabay

BY ARCHANA SHARMA                                                                                                  A COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan has emerged as a role model by setting up new benchmarks as it offers music, meditation, aerobics along with the choicest of menu for the people staying here!

Called as Parda Chundawat Quarantine Centre, it has set example by creating a serene environment where people wake up listening to soothing music. Then, there are Yoga and meditation classes where they exercise to shoo off negativity from their mind.

In fact, the daily schedule of those admitted here is quite impressive. They wake up listening to melodious bhajans at 6 a.m. Soon after, there are two yoga classes — one for the people who love to do indoor exercise while the other for those who are interested to do yoga under open sky.

All guidelines of social distancing are followed by the people while performing yoga.

Soon after Yoga, they go for aerobics where they stretch their body rhythmically on different music beats. Thereafter, they get breakfast of their choice and are served lunch in the afternoon. As they take nap in afternoon, the evening time at 5 p.m. awaits for another interesting activity where they listen to their favourite songs of renowned singers including Kishore Kumar, Rafi, Asha Bhonsle, Lata Mangeshkar amongst others, while sitting together.

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This COVID-care centre in Dungarpur district of Rajasthan has emerged as a role model. Pixabay

Special games and activities are available for kids which include spelling, synonyms, pronunciation, painting etc. Kids find this environment really engaging, says Sabhla sub divisional officer Manish Faujdar who is in charge of this centre.

Also, there are psychological experts who help in counselling. “People coming here are quite worried about their future life, their spouses and families. These counsellors help them connect to meditation with scientific facts which make them feel joyful and relieves them of their stress,” says Chhaya Choubisa, assistant director, Information and public relations, Dungarpur.

Faujdar says that when admitted, these people were quite aggrieved and angry. “We saw an unseen fear in their eyes and mind. Therefore, we introduced a few activities which can make them relieved from their stress, offering mental peace to them. We wanted to divert their attention and hence launched music therapy. We connected the music system to youTube where there were bhajans in morning, filmy songs in the evening and Aarti and patriotic songs later. Eventually, their anger vanished and they look joyful now with no stress or anger seen amongst them.”

Also Read: Caring For The Elderly, Tackling Old-age and Loneliness in The Times Of COVID

District collector Kanaram also visited this place and praised these innovations. (IANS)

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Caring For The Elderly, Tackling Old-age and Loneliness in The Times Of COVID

While we do our bit to stay safe, looking after our loved ones, particularly the elderly, is crucial

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Caring for the elderly in these troubled times is very important. Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN 

The Coronavirus pandemic has left human race with feelings of anxiety, uncertainty and a fear what’s coming next. While we do our bit to stay safe, looking after our loved ones, particularly the elderly, is crucial.

In this crisis, just like the little children in the family, our elders also need extra care and attention, especially if they are living alone and are prone to feeling isolated. Coupled with the greater restrictions on the 60+ population stepping out, these feelings can negatively impact physical and mental health, and must be addressed promptly and with care.

In a chat with IANSlife, here are some ways suggested by Dr Ishita Mukerji, a senior psychologist at Kaleidoscope, a mental wellness centre part of Dr. Bakshi’s Healthcare.

Teach them to go digital: Patiently help them learn the use of various video/voice call applications available and encourage them to stay virtually connected with their friends and family. They can also use this time to rediscover their lost art of writing and share short heart felt notes via email, to their loved ones to lift their spirits. Demonstrate to them how to use taxi-hire apps, medical-monitoring apps, emergency call services, and the like. Hand them a copy of all necessary phone numbers and save them on their phones.

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Looking after our loved ones, particularly the elderly, is crucial. Pixabay

Prioritize their nutrition intake and physical activity: Senior citizens need adequate sleep, optimum nutrition and some kind of physical exercise on an everyday basis. Ensure that their sleep cycle is not disturbed due to the changes in the household because of the factors associated with social distancing. Their daily diet must have a combination of essential proteins and minerals, fruits, green vegetables, dairy products and a lot of liquid, as we are in the peak of summer. Elders might find it tough to exercise within the house, as many go to neighbourhood parks and yoga classes. However, you must help them incorporate at-home yoga and breathing exercises into their routine.

Enjoy recreational activities together: A good way to bond and enjoy as a family is watching a movie, listening to music, indulging in some craft activity, looking through photo albums together or playing indoor games like cards, chess, ludo, monopoly, carom etc or some mind stimulating games like Sudoku or puzzles. These activities will in turn make them feel relaxed, rejuvenated and something to look forward to each day.

Keep them engaged indoors: It is important to involve your family’s senior members in the household activities as much as possible. Their help in such basic activities will let them stay occupied and also give a sense of accomplishment to them but do not push them to perform strenuous activities. You may encourage them to pursue hobbies like reading, writing, knitting, singing or painting. Make sure they have enough supplies to last the crisis. Encourage them to teach young kids a skill.

Involvement in decision-making: We must seek advice and suggestions from the elders in our families at all times, especially when making decisions that might directly or indirectly impact them or their lifestyle. Taking their inputs into consideration will make them feel wanted and heard. It is really important to respect their thoughts and feelings that they derive out of their life experiences and wisdom accumulated over the years.

Create a positive environment at home: Getting exposed to the concerning news around worsening situation for longer durations can create anxiety and fear in seniors’ minds. Create a positive atmosphere and help them keeping calm and positive. Speak to them about their happy times. Revisit old memories, reopen photo-albums, listen to their life experiences and spend quality time with them.

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The elderly can also use this time to rediscover their lost art of writing and share short heartfelt notes. Pixabay

Taking care of mental and emotional needs: Pay attention to the thoughts and concerns that the elderly might have as there may be big or small issues where they may need your help to solve them. Look out for mood swings too, as it might mean they are struggling mentally and need extra support and care. Also be aware of any cognitive difficulties they might be facing like being anxious, angry, stressed, agitated or withdrawn. It is very important to provide emotional support to keep them mentally and physically fit.

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The elderly have sacrificed a lot in their youth for our sake and it is now time that we show them utmost love and appreciation, signs off Dr Mukerji. (IANS)

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Increased Online Gambling Concerns Legislators, Excites Players

Rise of online gambling was expected during the COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent lockdown

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A sudden increase in online gambling is seen amid the COVID-19 crisis. Pixabay

Although the rise of indoor entertainment, including online gambling, was expected during the COVID-19 crisis and the subsequent lockdown, the level of increase was unsuspected. It is probable that the availability and advantages provided by the online operators were enough to pull in players that haven’t been regulars in traditional establishments, increasing the overall size of the market.

Both due to the fright of possible mass gambling addictions and the probable loss of local gambling tax revenue, many legislators are trying to create an answer to increased gambling. But, aside from some really restrictive measures, nothing has been proving to be effective.

The reason for the rise of online gambling not stopping may be found in both the new type of service, as well as the new type of players. Online operators work under strict supervision and are affected by independent online reviews. On the other side, players have now accepted that playing online games, including gambling, is something done for fun and not a pathway to great riches.

Massive Drops in Traditional Gambling

On average, traditional casinos, betting houses, and sports bars experienced a massive drop of around 30%. In most part this is due to the states and counties that have enforced a strict lockdown and where these establishments are not accepting players at all. Others are seeing drops due to the legitimate scares about catching the virus.

But, the gambling industry as a whole is seeing a rise in the meantime. Both experienced players and those that usually don’t gamble are using the benefits provided by online operators to jump ship and go to the cloud.

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Traditional casinos, betting houses, and sports bars experienced a massive drop. Pixabay

Although some correction is to be expected once the lockdowns and infections risks pass, it is disputable if they will be enough to revive brick and mortar casinos from their situation. Without some additional advantage that the players will feel there is little chance for total revival.

Local Budgets are at Risk

While there might be some legitimate concerns coming from legislators when it comes to the dangers of gambling, most are concerned by the drop in local budgets. Due to the players opting for international providers there is a visible drop in revenue collected, which would not change in the future.

Unless there is a Copernican change in how these incomes are taxed, local administrations might be facing some serious budget cuts in the perceivable future.

Players Demand Online Benefits to Return

It is now obvious that gambling has become a player’s market where operators and providers will need to compete for every dollar coming their way. This might not be a fair fight for traditional casinos, as the increased overhead costs usually drive gambling options down.

According to Lioncasinos live casino has been the focus of most players exactly because of the benefits provided by operators. Once these advantages diminish, the players usually stick to the same game but change the place where they are playing.

It is questionable if traditional casinos would be able to go head to head with something like doubling your money in bonuses, or allowing for free playing, simply because of the mechanics possible in cyberspace.

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Online casinos have an undisputed advantage when it comes to accessibility. Pixabay

Accessibility of Online Gambling

Aside from the advantages when it comes to gaming and betting itself, online casinos have an undisputed advantage when it comes to accessibility.

Unlike traditional establishments that require you to plan and travel to them, adding to the cost of gambling, online options are instant. Anyone can access and play through their smartphone, allowing for many to use gambling services while in transit, or relaxing at home.

Sports Betting won’t Influence the Outcome

Both administrations and brick and mortar operators are having a little bit of their own that sports betting will be the major push back to old ways of gaming once the season resumes. But, the numbers show that odds are not in their favor.

Online operators in general are aware that this situation won’t last and are jumping to acquire licenses and rights to provide sports bets. For the largest international operators these options are already available and might be the preferred choice for future sports bettors.

If the same bonuses, reviews, and betting systems persist for online betting as they do for live casino games, there is a significant possibility that the players will keep their money online.

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But, there is still a chance that the hospitality factor for sports bars offering bets might push some players to return. These bars will need to focus on their distinct real-time advantage and atmosphere, as the old way of doing business probably won’t exist in the near future.

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