In adherence to the basic guidelines as provided by WHO, the
government announced the lockdown to avoid further consequences from COVID-19.
This scenario has definitely left varying levels of anxiety and negativity in
people’s minds because in the initial days, we all were unaware with the fact
that this lockdown would be for this long. As of now, many of us have started
feeling frustrated because everything has been stagnant, and people aren’t able
to go to work or run their businesses. There is also an increased possibility
of a rising death rate because hunger has become a much larger issue during the
COVID-19 pandemic. Along with the fear of having physical health complications
due to COVID-19, the possibility of being affected by mental health problems is
increasing, affecting the livelihoods of many people.
This COVID-19 pandemic is a global, collective crisis; thus, collective effort is needed to combat it. If we do not put forth collective effort and challenge the entire nation, everything will collapse. This novel coronavirus can only be defeated by collective global effort, networking and working together. All we need at the moment is love, compassion, and harmony. We should not divide the world with pity, religion, or any other kind of conflict.
There are several articles related to COVID-19 on various platforms, on national and international media, providing new updates every other second, regarding the number of infected people and the number of death rates caused by COVID-19. In fact, even the big and powerful nations were brought to their knees by the deadly nature of coronavirus. While at first, this seemed to be an issue of minor concern, the virus quickly spread from one person to another and from one country to another, taking many lives along the way. In consequence, the world is in mourning and an isolation phase at the very moment.
Nepal is a country that strongly believes in “Unity in Diversity,” with its rich biodiversity in flora and fauna, multicultural traditions, and widespread hospitality. So, in this crucial phase, all we can do is use that respect for others to provide care, support, and help. We must start by showing compassion for our own self, then reaching out to others, home to home, ward to ward, neighborhood to neighborhood. Aside from COVID-19, many people who are residing outside the Valley, in the Terai region, or near the border are dying due to hunger. These people currently have no jobs, and the business they used to do has been hampered by the lockdown. Many vegetables grown on their farms are failing, and in consequence, they are being frustrated by the losses right in front of their eyes.
There is a tendency to blame others whenever we get in trouble, but this time we all are facing this crisis. Instead of placing blame, we must remember the importance of unity. If we are able to trust in one another and provide that much needed support, we will be on the path to healing. We need to stay positive and motivate each other. This is the time to show humanity by being united morally, even if we cannot be together socially.
Even though everything in life is unexpected, we never imagined that we would be facing such a time in our lives. Also, this situation made all of us realize that no matter how powerful we used to feel in terms of our health, wealth, positions and other materialistic things, we have all been leveled by this tiny virus, which we can’t even see with our naked eyes. This virus has taught us all a lesson: even something as small and invisible as a virus can be powerful and dangerous. So, the first and foremost duty of ours is to realize the fact that nothing else is as important as our own health and our family’s safety. Thus, the safest place we can be right now is in our own homes, surrounded by our loved ones.
We Nepalese have gone through many such devastating incidents in the past be it the earthquake or the blockade, but we stood together and came out strong. This is almost the same situation, but this time, things are little different, for all we have to do and should do is stay safely inside our homes for quarantine, without panicking, worrying or overthinking about the situation. When people get too worried, they tend to buy in excess and store things at home. Also, people have been seen doing this before 11 in the morning and after 5 in the evening, even though one needs to understand that this is not any kind of “Banda Day” or “Curfew.” Going out to buy food items or daily necessities is okay and a must, but with that, please be mindful of the safety measures: use proper masks, wear gloves, wash your hands before touching anything and after coming from outside, take a bath, thoroughly clean all of the products that you bought with sanitizers or soaps, dry it in the sun, and only then consume it. Because the virus can travel in the air and on surfaces, it is dangerous to neglect these small safety steps and risk infection.
In order to make the most of this period in quarantine, time may best be spent doing productive things, engaging ourselves in creative works, working from home, helping with household chores, or helping our mothers and other family members with their work. Keeping ourselves busy, active, and positive, rather than spending time thinking about the virus, reading and hearing news all of the time, and panicking, will help us get through the pandemic in a healthy way. While this is easier said than done, for the sake of our mental health, we humbly suggest engaging in productive activities and inspiring others around us to do the same. Stay safe and stay at home. United we stand, divided we fall to this battle with #COVID-19.