AN INDIVIDUAL RESPONSE TO COVID 19 PANDEMIC
Current situation of the country with respect to Covid 19 pandemic is alarming. Hordes of infected people are looking for beds in hospitals across several states. Number of deaths due to Covid 19 is mounting by the day. Doctors and other medical staff are getting infected, oxygen is in short supply and required medicines are hard to find at some places.
SILVER LINING DURING CLOUDS OF DOOM
A silver lining during this gloomy period is availability of vaccines against Covid 19. However, an individual can only register and wait to be vaccinated and there is precisely nothing else he or she can do in this regard.
Second reason of hope is the formation of antibodies against Covid 19 virus in those of us who have been infected and recovered. The antibodies last for three to six months and this duration varies from person to person.
Another reason for optimism is that we have probably reached the peak of the second wave or about to reach there. Cases have started coming down in some states but other states are still witnessing an upward graph. Hopefully the downward trend will start very soon.
AVOID THE PESSIMISTIC NEWS
As an individual we do have to see what are the things under our control and what are beyond it. It is futile to worry about the things beyond our control as it is going to lead to negativism and depression. Do not worry about things like: –
- Number of cases coming up on daily basis
- Lack of hospital beds
- Lack of oxygen/ ventilators and other life supporting systems
- Number of people dying
- Black marketing of necessary items used to fight covid
We can start taking action on the things which are within our control and improve our chances of fighting the pandemic, e.g.: –
- Maintaining Covid appropriate behaviour
- Taking immunity boosters as advised by physician
- Doing physical exercise to keep fit, especially related to cardio to strengthen lungs
- Improving mental healthy by meditation
- Watching comedy shows and movies to improve feeling of well being
- Cutting down on sugary and carbohydrate rich food as Covid has more adverse effects on people with high sugar levels
Author : Dr Pankaj Tyagi Branch Head CISS Roorkee