India the third worst hit Nation by the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19, is tackling the situation better than any other nation.
Broke out in December 2019, the deadly virus infected 15 lakhs people in India and 16 million people globally.
Though India is worst hit nation in terms of number of cases after the United States of America and Brazil. However, considering the population of India, 133 crores, the situation in India is better than others.
If doctors and health experts to be believed, India is showing recovery with 64% and mortality rate is also below 3 % at 2.25%.
Despite lack of health care infrastructure, doctors, medical staff and equipments, India performed better and have a recovery of nearly 9 lakh patients.
Some of the major decision taken by the Central Government to curb the spread of the virus:
Lockdown: one of the major decision taken by the Central Government which helped the prevention of the Novel Coronavirus was nationwide lockdown.
According to experts, if India would not have imposed the nation wide lockdown, the cases would have crosses 50 lakhs till date.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the first lockdown on the 24th of March. Later, the lockdown was extended twice.
After 2 months nationwide lockdown, the Government started to reopen the lockdown in a phased manner. A strategy to curb the spread as well as bring back economic situation on track.
Closing public places, educational institutions:
Despite, opening of the regional places and shopping malls, gyms and educational institutions are closed till September.
Restrictions on International Travel:
As soon as the COVID-19 infection broke out, the Central Government imposed restrictions on international and domestic flights.
Recently, on the 25th of June, domestic flights were resumed after complete closure.
Health care tips and Aarogya Setu App
Aarogya Setu App, India’s main contact tracing technology, was launched on April 2nd this year. The app was developed by the National Informatics Centre under the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology.
Aarogya Setu is designed to keep track of other app users that a person came in contact with. It then alerts app users if any of the contacts tests positive.
The app uses the phone’s Bluetooth and GPS capabilities. It will keep a record of all other Aarogya Setu users that it detected nearby using Bluetooth. It will also use a GPS log of all the places that the device had been at 15-minute intervals.
These records are stored on the phone till the time any user tests positive or declares symptoms of COVID-19 in a self-assessment survey in the app. In such cases, the records are uploaded to the servers.
The app is available in 11 languages. All Central government officials, including the outsourced workforce, have been directed to download it. On April 14, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation appealed to people to download the app.
What one should do to help Government in the curb of the virus?
Frequent Immunity Checks:
The 2020 pandemic crisis due to the Novel Coronavirus has disturbed the lives of people, the functioning of governments and the economic situation of nations.
In a situation where medical experts and scientists are trying to invent a cure or vaccine for the virus, keeping the immune system strong is the priority and necessity of individuals.
As of now, the only cure for the disease is to boost the immune system and stay healthy.
The deadly family of viruses, the Novel Coronavirus or COVID-19 would be healed easily if your immunity is strong. Since the immune system of our body protects us from various germs and viruses, it is important to keep a check on our immune system, especially when testing positive for the Novel Coronavirus.
Self Isolation and Home Quarantine:
The everyday spike in cases is a matter of concern for not only the Central Government and state governments but, is also creating panic amongst the citizens of India.
It is now mandatory for an individual to help in the prevention of the spread of the virus and take to care of self as well as others.
In regard to this, the Central Government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended a few set of guidelines which could help in prevention of the COVID-19 infection.
The reason to release the set of guidelines is limited testing, less number of medical staff and doctors and a huge population.
In a population of 133 crores, only 1.5 crore people have been tested for the Novel Coronavirus.
Considering the figure, it would be better if the citizens of India would know the do’s and don’ts, mild symptoms, serious symptoms, doctors’ need, self isolation, immunity boost and other major factors related to the Novel Coronavirus.
How to track cases?
With several websites and official page of Ministry of Home Affairs and Family Welfare, one could keep a track of the daily cases of the Novel Coronavirus. State wise data of positive cases, active cases and deceased are available at these sites.
Some of the sites are: https://www.covid19india.org/