500+ Words Essay on Coronavirus Pandemic
Over the past few months, newspapers and tabloids have been inundated with articles containing information about the spread and surge of coronavirus. Coronavirus, also referred to as COVID-19, originated in a meat market in Wuhan, China in December last year. The virus spread quickly across the world and has claimed millions of lives. Soon, the World Health Organization declared the deadly disease a pandemic.
All economic, social, cultural and political activities came to a standstill. Governments advised citizens to remain indoors and practice social distancing. However, scientists, doctors, healthcare workers and providers of essential services continued to work hard and have emerged as heroes through the pandemic.
In India, the first case of the coronavirus was detected in February. In March, our Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi announced a nation-wide lockdown to tackle the surge in positive cases. Citizens were required to wear masks and gloves if they ventured outdoors and use sanitizers and wash their hands regularly. Public transport shut down and non-essential companies, industries and services have been advised to remain closed till further notice. Schools and universities sent students back home and continued teaching through online portals.
Many people were apprehensive about these changes and wondered how long before they would be able to return to normalcy. Many others argued that this was the ‘new normal’ and that we would have to adapt to these changes.
Since most people were required to remain indoors, applications like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hotstar and YouTube witnessed a rise in viewer activity. Television shows, movies and sitcoms provided an escape for people to entertain themselves, while at home. Other online game applications such as Ludo King, Mafia and Heads Up also became increasingly popular because they enabled groups of friends to play together virtually from various locations.
Since it was difficult for newspapers to be published and circulated, Twitter and Instagram became the go-to option for citizens to receive updates on the situation. Harvard University launched a plethora of free online courses so that students could continue to learn even from the confines of their homes.
However, with the spread of the coronavirus, fake WhatsApp forwards spread like wildfire too. These fake headlines caused unnecessary fear, panic and anxiety amongst the public. The Indian government has taken steps to curb the spread of fake news. For instance, it launched an application known as Aarogya Setu to provide authentic information and statistics to the citizens. Citizens can use this application to take an online COVID test and identify COVID hotspots near them.
The application also suggests users some precautionary measures and useful resource material to keep users abreast of the pandemic. The Prime Minister of India has been addressing the public to diffuse any baseless rumours and to inform them about the vaccination and other healthcare measures.
For a majority part of the population, the pandemic is an unprecedented circumstance. As a result of this; uncertainty, fear and worry looms large. Due to the shutting down of shops, services and transport, many refuse to step out of their homes even though they adhere to the rules. While a certain level of worry and precaution is the need of the hour, irrational fear and excessive doubting will not help the cause.
One of the biggest learning from the pandemic has been to inculcate patience. Everybody needs to stay at home, regardless of whether they are bored, frustrated or tired of doing so. It is imperative to realize that things will start to get better gradually and in the process, sometimes, things might turn worse before getting better. Setbacks are part and parcel of any developmental process.
Additionally, another takeaway from this pandemic has been realizing that “change is the only constant”. All of us have been forced to adapt to these newer circumstances and have come across situations that we never imagined to face in our lifetimes. Students swiftly adapted to online learning, and teachers adapted to teaching within a virtual environment.
Businessmen, entrepreneurs and servicemen accustomed themselves to build an office environment at home and juggle house chores with their professional work. Countless other people have had to learn online banking and cashless transactions since the use of paper money is being discouraged.
Most of us have evolved and adjusted to these conditions and developed a “normal” routine. The oft repeated adage “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” describes our attitudes towards this situation perfectly. All of us must strive to remain focussed and positive through these challenging times and remember that every cloud has a silver lining.