Corona – The Second Wave
Several states have already been through two or three waves, with the current onslaught of a fresh surge, which is more severe and fatal.
When Covid-19 pandemic started last year, everyone presumed the same to be a short lived phenomenon. It took us more than a month to realise the seriousness, and we yielded to a single appropriate solution of lockdown. Despite negative impact on business, livelihood, education and other necessities, lockdown provided a breather for people to get accustomed to an amended lifestyle and for administration to gear up resources for meeting this gigantic challenge. Towards the autumn, there were subtle indications that this pandemic was gradually getting under control. A year later, although armed with additional research, medicines and vaccines, we are still struggling to control the virus. Several states have already been through two or three waves, with the current onslaught of a fresh surge, which is more severe and fatal.
The phase-wise relaxation period saw an increase in Covid cases due to a plethora of reasons :
- People desperate to come out of their homes after a hiatus.
- Businesses eager to recover lost revenue by stepping up operations in a single go rather than gradual increase.
- Burnout of Medical and Paramedical staff due to over-exertion.
- Excessive strain on Medical infrastructure and resources.
- Enhanced people-to-people interactions over festivals, ceremonies, marriages etc
- Disregard for individual preventive measures due to presumed attitude.