COVID 19 is a new pandemic which has turned the world upside down. Everything seems to have stopped for a while. The spread of COVID was first detected in December in Wuhan City, China. Soon after, it was affecting every country in the world. India witnessed its first case of COVID19 in January 2020, by March 11th the World Health Organization (WHO) declared it as a global pandemic. The first lockdown was imposed on the 21st of March in India, followed by four phases of lockdowns.
The spread of COVID 19 is from person to person mainly through the droplets produced when an infected person speaks, coughs or sneezes. For preventing oneself from coronavirus people are advised to cover their mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing. Maintaining a distance of 1meter from everyone, washing hands regularly, avoiding touching the face especially eyes, nose and mouth has been advised by WHO.
The lockdowns impacted almost all the businesses in India. The economy of India saw a major setback. As always, the daily wage workers, the lower middle class were affected the most. Since everything was shut down, thousands of migrants were seen on foot travelling to their hometowns. Apart from bringing the economy to the floor, the pandemic has also left a huge impact on the education. With classrooms being shifted to the online platforms, the students have been stranded from their classrooms and companionship of their friends and instead spend hours at end staring at the screens.
While one can go on listing the negative effects of the pandemic, there is a silver lining too. Cooped up in our homes, we not only gave ourselves a break but also to our mother nature. Last couple of months; as witnessed the natural healing and pollution levels dropping even in cities where it was inconceivable. In a way, the pandemic has forced us to reconsider the ways we have been living and discover a new ‘normal’ where we, humans, are in better coherence with the nature.