The COVID-19 Pandemic

“We have a chance to do something extraordinary. As we head out of this pandemic we can change the world. Create a world of love. A world where we are kind to each other. A world were we are kind no matter what class, race, sexual orientation, what religion or lack of or what job we have. A world we don’t judge those at the food bank because that may be us if things were just slightly different. Let love and kindness be our roadmap.”
― Johnny Corn
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major influencer of our lives. The effect of the pandemic highlighted our various social and economic backgrounds, our status as people and citizens of India. While many people lost their jobs due to the pandemic, some were forced to work in the front lines forced to face the brunt of the disease while being exposed to it, while others slowly started adapting to web-based work. Thousands of jobs have been lost due to this pandemic. The number of infected as well as casualties to this disease has been massive. Recent statistics have shown that minorities were far more susceptible to be effected by this disease due to much lesser privileges available to them. Most people suffering from this disease are far more unlikely to get treatment in the absence of a pre – existing insurance plan. The cost for treatment of COVID-19 is so high that most of the middle class cannot afford it. Government hospitals do not possess enough beds for the treatment of patients. Moreover, their equipment is mostly poor or outdated.
“A reflective human mind would look at the COVID-19 pandemic and will be reminded that this life will end one day for him from one or the other material cause. But, it does not matter whether it will be due to any disease or accident. However, his life and life of others is not meaningless.”
― Salman Ahmed Shaikh, Reflections on the Origins in the Post COVID-19 World
Many people live far away from grocery and medical stores leading them to be far more susceptible to fail recovering from the disease. Proper care in case of COVID-19 patients is a necessity. The most used strategies of prevention of COVID-19 are social distancing and wearing of masks. People should always wear masks while going out and not to go out into crowded places unless absolutely necessary. The front-line workers should always use proper protection in order to protect themselves from COVID-19. Repeated sanitization should always be performed as it is a really good method to prevent COVID-19. The Government should be providing aid to those people who are unable to pay for the treatment of COVID-19. The number of victims of COVID-19 has far lessened over time. The CBSE board has taken a decision to cancel the class 10 board exams and postpone the class 12 board exams amidst the current situation due to the new strain of coronavirus. But it has been noticed around the country that class 10 students are celebrating on the occasion of cancellation of their board exams. This is not a good decision because the CBSE board has taken this decision just to prevent the gathering of students in this pandemic situation. This has been a brilliant decision on the part of the CBSE board. However, the students are misusing this opportunity by gathering in masses and partying in order to celebrate the cancellation of their board exams. They should dedicate this time to studying as they would have if they had their normally scheduled exams. Not studying will ultimately defeat the purpose of the CBSE board’s decision.