There’s no denying to the fact that virus originated from China has forced to change our way of living. If you were an office worker, you would work 6 days a week and relax on Saturday. But now, things have changed.
You have been spending most of your days in the home and giving just a bit of time to your office. It has become compulsion for everyone to avoid crowd in order to resist the virus that has taken life of many people in Nepal too.
It was March 24 when the government imposed a lockdown after two COVID-19 cases were reported in Nepal. After four months, on July 21, the government lifted the lockdown.
But, it seems like people are still unknown why lockdown was imposed and why it has been lifted now. The government was compelled to lift the lockdown eyeing the downturn state in the nation’s economy. Ever since the lockdown was lifted, people have been visiting recklessly without following safety measures.
For many people, the lifting of lockdown has meant to be the end of the virus. This misconception about the COVID-19 might bring up the more number of COVID-19 cases in upcoming days. Since the government announced to open hotels and restaurants, we have been seeing crowds in cities like Kathmandu, Pokhara and other big cities of Nepal.
It is true, we can’t stay locked inside the room always. But, we need to make sure that we follow the
safety protocols whenever we go out. Public buses are operating in many cities which means we may get to touch unknown people. In such case, the best thing to do is sanitizing our hand after coming in touch with other people.
Public buses can be a go-to spot for spreading the virus.
For this, we need to carry hand-sanitizer with us wherever we go. Public buses can be a go-to spot for spreading the virus. So, it’s necessary to be extra cautious whenever we travel by public bus. The one more thing that may increase the spreading in virus is festival.
With big festivals coming our way, we can assume the country may see rise in the COVID-19 cases in the days to come. In festivals, not only relatives visit each other but people gather at religious centres which can possibly be the root place for spreading the virus.
Festivals like Teej, Dashain and Tihar are occupying the calendar for the next three months. The challenge ahead is to celebrate the festivals without getting infected from the virus. Visiting relatives of long distance is what we need to avoid. Moreover, exploring temples is also not ideal thing to do considering the situation we are in.
If it is must to visit temples, we need to wear mask, sanitize our hands and maintain social distance to avoid touching others. Festivals come each year and we can celebrate it the next year if we survive. But it’s hard to regain the life once we suffer from diseases. In the mid of this crisis, health should be the topmost priority.
We must not be careless when it is about our health. The safety protocols are need of an hour. The basic safety protocols prescribed by the government as per the World Health Organisation guidelines are wearing masks, using hand sanitizer or washing hands with soap,avoiding crowds and maintaining at least three metres of physical distance.