The State Of The Government Facilities Used To Quarantine Suspected Coronavirus Patients Is Alarming. We’re Not Equipped To Handle This
Indians have a very typical mindset that leads us to believe that we are invincible. You know what I am talking about, don’t you? We are always thinking there is absolutely nothing warm water with turmeric can’t solve. So I have a cold what’s the need to go to the doctor? If I had a penny for every time my father has said this, I would be so rich. Though we have lived our lives by this, there is no way we will be able to get through coronavirus with that thought (some people have tried and miserably failed).
Up until a few weeks ago, it was just something that was infecting China, Japan, Italy, Korea and a few other countries. Now, in under a week, we have gone from 20-30 cases to 110 cases pan-India and I don’t know about you’ll, but I am freaking out. Look, I don’t mean to spread unnecessary panic (we have enough of that) but this truly is a very scary situation. Coronavirus is not something that we can just dismiss as a false alarm or something the media has hyped up. If anything, I think the media has downplayed this situation to not cause panic amongst the public and that was a pretty smart move.
Here’s the good part, for once, our country has done a brilliant job trying to contain this. Before we reached the eye of the storm, they shut everything down. From cancelling visas to closing all public places for the rest of the month to spreading so much awareness on how to keep yourself safe from this virus, they have genuinely done a good job at being proactive.
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I especially love how quick our government was to put travel restrictions in place and rescue Indians stuck in red zones. However, those some of those citizens are subjected to a 14-day quarantine. That makes sense, right? Wouldn’t want anyone to spread the disease further in that way, it all fits perfectly into place. The only problem with this is that the spaces allotted to quarantine people look exactly like the places you would catch coronavirus from.
It is obvious that we are using government buildings to quarantine people. And if you’ve ever entered a government building you know exactly why that is beyond terrifying. All the buildings look like they never been cleaned, they are all in dire need of some maintenance and don’t even get me started on the toilets.
The reason we are even talking about this is that we finally have eyes inside one of the quarantine facilities and it has made me sick to my stomach. Navya Dua landed in Delhi on 15th March from Spain and was quarantined for 14 days at the Dwarka police training school. She later put up a video on Twitter that showed us the dump that suspected coronavirus patients are kept in. Check it out:
I land at Delhi airport dated 16th March 1:00 am KLM airlines from Spain. I am subject to the 14 day quarantine at a govt facility in Dwarka police training school. I won’t say anything I just give some videos of our *sanitised* accommodation. @PMOIndia @WHO @CISFHQrs pic.twitter.com/vd4AnLBIkW
— Navya Dua (@NavyaDua) March 16, 2020
This is messed up. The very facility meant to keep people in isolation should be clean, you’d think that would be basic. Even if they don’t have the virus it would be so easy to get it in places like that. How on earth did our government think of using places like this to contain a virus that has spread to 110 countries? We need places that are actually equipped to deal with this situation not make it worse.
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Another thing is that you can’t believe everything you read on WhatsApp. There is a lot of fake news that is being passed around and it is becoming increasingly tough to differentiate between what is real and what is not. The line is getting blurry by the second which is why the best thing for us to do right now is only follow reliable sources. And just so that I am very clear, WhatsApp forwards is NOT a reliable source.
Wash hands many times a day
To keep Corona virus at bay!
Do you know the science behind washing hands with soap & water to kill #coronavirus ?
The virus is a self-assembled nanoparticle with weakest link being the lipid bilayer
Soap dissolves the fat membrane, turns it inactive pic.twitter.com/Ynl3ZbBKzf
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) March 14, 2020
Don’t chase the Sanitizer
Grandma’s soap bar is better !
Alcohol-based Sanitizers are effective, but soap & water is a highly efficient way of killing the virus#coronavirus can be active outside the body for hours
Sanitizers are good, but nothing compared to a soap & water wash pic.twitter.com/47tevvWcN5
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) March 14, 2020
On the other hand, listening to what the authorities are saying is way wiser. Our Union Health Minister-Dr Harsh Vardhan. On Saturday, he took to Twitter to tell us the correct way to keep this deadly virus at bay. He said, “Don’t chase the Sanitizer, Grandma’s soap bar is better!” Between the two tweets that he uploaded, he has emphasised on washing our hands with basic soap.
If you aren’t infected and haven’t come in contact with anyone who has the flu then all you have to do is maintain basic hygiene. Wash your hands every few hours (with soap), don’t touch your face, don’t touch anything that has been touched by a thousand people (like lift buttons) and wear a basic mask when you are on the streets. Lastly, if you think you are developing a cold or cough don’t try and treat with home remedies, go to the doctor immediately. We can fight this deadly virus if all of us just maintain basic sanitation and follow all these guidelines of our health ministry.
Guys, if this will escalate or die down only time will tell. What we do know is that this is a medical emergency and we must take proper precautions, now.
Take care, everyone!