The world is witnessing a lockdown for the past few months and India has also joined the club now due to COVID-19 Pandemic. As if the Earth is taking a break to reboot and rejuvenate itself. We should perceive it as a natural phenomenon – a God- send examination of our patience. Major events, programmes around the world have been cancelled and people are forced to quarantine themselves at home to contain further spread of the virus. There’s fear in people that has enabled them to resort to panic buying and stocking groceries, take more than necessary precautions and what not. Though the Coronavirus outbreak is a serious global health concern, yet it’s the panic that’s creating more harm. While there are others who aren’t taking this pandemic seriously, and not following the advice of medical professionals and the Government.
Panic is absolutely creating more harm. No matter what it is about, wrong news spreads like wildfire. And no matter how globally destructive the Coronavirus might be, the rumours and fake news related to its authenticity and cure are spreading, especially through social media, making people panic, prompting to HEAL Foundation Guidelines for Reporters & Media Houses Optimism Survey amidst COVID- 19 & its media Coverages take unnecessarily extreme measures. At this point, it seems to be very essential not to propagate fear and misinformation. Rather, we
need to use this as an opportunity to spread valuable information and instil peace among others. Especially, during this period of lockdown, when virtual platforms become primary modes of communication. COVID-19 is about avoiding unnecessary panic and focus on the ‘Don’ts’ one should observe at this time. All the news about the virus is no less than a horror film at the moment. The point is not to spread panic-stricken information or even have a carefree “nothing will happen to me” kind of an attitude. Who knows, the country would be on the verge of a nationwide lockdown and things might get worse. But as long as we are rightly informed and equally motivated, we can help beat this together. These are tough and crazy times. While nobody wishes to be at home-arrest, it’s okay to take a break and think about how temporary things are around us. That all of us are living in a bubble of reality
that we have created for ourselves. And it’s unfortunate that as humans we have created a civilisation that requires a virus to make us slow down and notice things around us. This is a situation of health emergency and we must welcome the unconditional, sacrificial service of the medical professionals and support the commendable efforts of the government authorities. So, till the time the corona-monster subsides, we need to stay indoors and abide by the rules! DO NOT CREATE PANIC! Together, we will fight back and come resume the routine life soon!
Dr. Swadeep Srivastava
Founder – HEAL Foundation
Founder & CBO – India Virtual