A World on Pause
Dignity Dialogue|August 2020
A World on Pause
The pandemic caused by the coronavirus has changed the world. Jayalaxmi Ramakrishnan takes stock of what has happened so far.
Jayalaxmi Ramakrishnan

This article rewinds back to November 17, 2019 when an unknown epidemic in the form of corona virus was born. I am sure people at that time must have wondered what it was all about and where did it come from. Not much was known about it then. And therefore the attitude towards it was as yet casual. The world’s wheels kept moving as they always did and who had ever imagined that they would stop turning around when the virus spread chaos like no war or natural calamity had done so far. Within a few days, what was just a trailer blew up into a full film on a big screen.

Doctors found themselves on skates, rushing from one hospital to another. Scientists hastily rushed back to their labs to find a cure. And in the wake of the information overload that followed, people started taking precautions such as donning masks and gloves, not to forget various home remedies that suddenly came to the fore. This virus with no name became famous in anonymity until the World Health organization (WHo) decided to call it the corona virus. Within a short time, china entered the fourth month of this pandemic – 120 days and 80,000 cases – surely an astounding figure!

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August 2020