With close to 100,000 new cases of coronavirus, the third wave of the pandemic is here. It’s been a long time that we’ve been restricting ourselves, isolating ourselves from others and just being indoors. A lot has also changed since the pandemic began; we have gotten ourselves inoculated against the virus which has been of great help. Let’s reason out how we can be safe, and keep others around us safe.
Q1. What has changed since the beginning of the pandemic?
- Quite a bit since a lot of us have been double vaccinated. Some have only gotten their first dose. This does provide us with a certain shield from the virus, and that is good news. We are more aware in terms of what needs to be done. Double masking, washing your hands, social distancing, isolating when not feeling well. We are prepared much better so let’s follow the protocols to get out of this as quickly as possible.
Q2. Is there a need to be worried?
- Not as of now. As per government directives, there are not a lot of critical cases as compared to the 2nd wave. However, this doesn’t mean that we let off our guard and become complacent to people around us. One person may be healthy and maybe asymptomatic when they catch the virus, they can still spread it around to people who may have co-morbidities. The whole idea, as a community, is to stop the spread, and that can only happen if we are accountable individually. It’s time for us to step up and be even more vigilant.
Q3. Should we step out?
- With the rise in cases, it’s best if we can avoid it unless necessary. The idea is that, if the infection rates increase tenfold, the critical cases will also be proportionate. Better safe than sorry, we should remain indoors, follow all government protocols and keep ourselves and our family safe.
Q4. I’m finding it very difficult to manage to be indoors. Now, even when I go out, I get anxious. I don’t know what to do.
- It’s understandable to get anxious in these difficult times. It’s best to reach out to a therapist to speak about your issues. Stay connected with your friends over video calls and reach out to them if need be. There’s no shame in reaching out for help. You are only human, and it is only right that you express what you feel. There are certain helplines as well that you can access in case you need help with your mental health. Try yoga or meditation. Engage yourself physically, while you’re socially distanced of course.
Q5. The new variant Omicron is not that lethal, why should I be worried? Can’t we get back to doing what we were doing?
- We must learn to live with the virus. That is correct. But not at the cost of your health and the ones around you. Preliminary data suggests that the Omicron variant is not as lethal as the ones before, but there is so concrete evidence to it. Prevention is better than cure. If you want to stop the spread, it starts with you. If you become a carrier, you may spread it to other people. The more the virus spreads, the more variations it can reproduce of itself. There’s no scientific evidence that suggests that these replications can be worse. They can also be less lethal. There is no way to find that out, nor should we take any chances.
Let’s stay strong throughout this tough time and follow all medical protocols as possible. Always wash your hands. Do not be complacent and always maintain social distance. Ask people politely if you have to. Educate people to get vaccinated and minimize travel as much as you can. It’s not just about you, it’s about the people around you as well. Stay safe at all times.
Update: All facts are mentioned as on 1130 hours, 6th December.