Danger from the Coronavirus-Ignorant Lot

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Danger from the Coronavirus-Ignorant Lot

Sidharth Bedi Varma | March 21, 2020 12:22 hrs


Amidst the growing tensions for the Coronavirus, there are two kinds of people you typically might have met. There are the ones who have taken this outbreak extremely seriously and the ones who continue to be ignorant.


While we all dislike the “cough cough” disclaimer before our phone calls, it is important to see the bigger picture because the implications of a viral outbreak are far-reaching, and I am concerned that people are unable to fathom the possible impact.


Although the government of Assam has so far done a commendable job at limiting the spread of virus by strongly putting several checks in place, there is still a large group of people among us who seem to be taking these precautions lightly.


That being said, there is also the question of “not enough tests” being done. India is only testing patients who have been in touch with an infected person or who have travelled to high-risk countries, or health workers managing patients with severe respiratory disease and thereby developing symptoms.


Although it is reassuring that at this point there is no community outbreak, our densely populated country is susceptible to having an ‘un-manageable’ number of cases. However, the low number of cases paints a more satisfying picture. The core problem is simple – the negligence of one is dangerous for us all. For instance, Kanika Kapoor’s party hopping could have much larger implications than she realizes. This is also true for a lot of other instances where people have attempted to escape quarantine. 

This negligence thereby affects the “R-Naught,” the technical definition of which is the average number of people who will catch a disease from one contagious person. It specifically applies to a population of people who were previously free of infection and haven’t been vaccinated.


Watch the Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion,” you’ll understand what I mean.

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