Editorial | It's a global alarm now

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As the virus spreads to more and more countries, and people in numbers get affected, the level of alarm is unstoppably going high and high. This is becoming a problem of global spread, and everywhere there is a scare. In Kashmir we have a good number of people who travel globally. It is good that the government is keeping a close eye on whoever is coming to Kashmir from anywhere in the world, especially the affected areas. There are also some advisories that have been issued to the people. Globally also governments and intergovernmental organisations are trying to fight it out. It is true that the medical science has developed to a degree that would be unimaginable a century back, but then nature always holds surprises. Plagues, spread of unknown diseases, and natural catastrophes have always exposed the vulnerabilities of the human made systems. Though each time humans have, using the God given capacity to unravel the mysteries of nature, discovered remedies, and moved ahead.

But on all such occasions one thing is underlined very boldly; whenever we fiddle with the balance of things – be it natural, societal, economic – we have paid a heavy price. In this case of cornovirus humans need to rethink about the vulnerabilities that can suddenly surface up and send our mega systems crashing down. After all the cities that were abuzz with commercial activities are now looking deserted. The public spaces that would burst with people are now getting emptied. This is a frightful scene. Although it is a direct challenge to the medical institutions to find out some defence against this virus, but it is a lesson for mankind beyond just being a medical catastrophe. Back home, the concerned departments need to take a minute to minute stock of the situation. It is time to be on an extra vigil, and make people very sensitive towards this challenge. At the same time we need to ensure that there are no panic reactions, and things are confirmed from the relevant quarters before spreading them forward.