Lockdown lessons

01 JUN,2020 | MEDC


 

This week India crossed the 1.5 lakh mark in infections and is adding around 6000 cases daily. India now has the dubious distinction of more Covid-19 related deaths than China – the land where it all began. Probably the most important lesson learnt from the lockdown is that it should be lifted with the utmost care. Mindlessly easing the lockdown means that the probability of community transmission rises by more than tenfold. It is relatively easy to shut down the system but much harder to restart it. At least for white collar workers, work from home is going to rise exponentially, and so is the adoption of digital technologies minimizing face-to-face interactions. Pandemics tend to recur in waves, and so letting down our guard is not optional. The government is doing its bit to ease the inevitable pain of this abnormal situation, but the fact is that this is not the first lockdown … and it won’t be the last. We have to learn to live with uncertainty.

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