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COVID-19: The way forward

Aug 13,2020 - Last updated at Aug 13,2020

The government has done a great job in controlling the COVID 19 situation in the beginnings. This was due to the stringent measures put in place at an early stage and due to the prompt actions.

The beginning of the lockdown period was tough on many. As things started to gradually improve and life started to gradually go back to normal (with a few modifications of course), a laxity in the implementation and execution of the necessary precautions is being witnessed.

This, in part, could be attributed to the false sense of security and normalcy that arose in many. Masks, if present, are seen as a mere accessory, and social distancing is almost a thing of the past.

As a result of this, we are starting to witness a rise in the number of daily local cases compared to a few weeks or even days back.

Some institutions and individuals, however, still maintain the necessary due diligence. I recall my visit to the traffic department a couple of weeks ago, and I am truly impressed with the level of commitment and dedication its personnel had towards implementing the strictest of precautions.

In particular, the presence of designated employees who monitor individual behavior, and who make corrections when necessary, made all the difference.

To contrast this with my visit to the another governmental department at about the same time, where a supposedly electronic process turned into mass gatherings, making it impossible to implement measures such as social distancing, which in the time of corona is very risky business.

The virus is still there, and there has been a recent surge in cases with the re-opening and with the reduced adherence to the necessary precautions.

The virus is not going away any time soon, if at all. Until the situation dramatically changes, by the development of a safe and effective vaccine for example, the only way forward is adhering to the necessary precautions, and the enforcement of the basic, vital measures by the authorities, such as mask wearing and social distancing, rather than focusing on unnecessary and perhaps economically harmful arrangements such as the few hours of curfew every night.

The situation is still serious; the tide could turn at any moment. Responsible behavior from everyone is necessary now more than ever. 

 

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