Don’t Go for Careless Outings 

KO File photo By Abid Bhat

THE second wave of covid-19 has surely subsided. The wave was surely harder for us Kashmiris as the mortality rate was very high in comparison with the first wave. Therefore, very obviously, it took a heavier toll on our mental health. Perhaps, this explains why when the cases have come down now, we’re seeing people getting complacent.

However, one must realise that even as cases have decreased, the danger is not over. It isn’t reasonable to not follow SOPs. People are thronging to picnic destinations and the crowds there are not following SOPs. Just as the month before the second wave, people are again not wearing masks and not following hand hygiene. Social distancing has also been taken lightly and this is alarming because in closed spaces distancing and ventilation is key.

We shouldn’t make matters worse but must be more cautious till a considerable number of the population is vaccinated. We must spend this time preserving the lives we have saved and not put more people at risk. One doesn’t have to stop living but one should live life responsibly now.

Shafiq Mir

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