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Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 12:30 [IST]

Last Update: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 06:56 [IST]

Hope floats

This is not what we expected when we entered the new decade. In China, nobody really predicted this would come, and the rest of the world never imagined it could happen to us, so we were caught off-guard.
Coronavirus has disturbed the equilibrium and is making people, markets and governments tense for the uncertainty it brings. With not much known except for the infection and death count, everyone has taken to social media to predict or advise, and this is intimidating more than the virus itself. The experts and the governments are trying their best to solve this and are coming out with solutions for people. Every individual needs to behave responsibly, and their actions need to speak. We all need to stand united though and ensure social distancing amongst other things.
A lot of people and experts are predicting the world is topsy-turvy, hammering the markets, increasing unemployment, and there is more of the panic situation- a pandemonium at the top of a pandemic. We need to take a step back and recall a few years ago when SARS infection did create a panic; the ingenious brains nipped it. We will do it now as well.
Covid-2019 will get its vaccine too but it will take some time. Many doctors have spoken on this, and we have all reviewed various publications to find ways to cope with this new mutation.
At present, the most affected one is the ground staff who come in direct contact with coronavirus-positive patients. There is a risk to the general population at large but there is no real mortality risk. From what we know, children under nine years have no mortality risk. The risk among the youths is also very less so they will get immunized; and they will live with it.
Equally, we need to worry about the economic impact. Investors would now be susceptible to invest and this will lead to a severe unemployment scenario. The government as well as the private sector, especially India’s billionaires need to loosen its purse strings and the civil societies should open up their hearts.
Poverty rates will surge and so will the crime rate. We immediately need a social security plan for the vulnerable. Bankruptcy rates could increase, people would be in turmoil which could lead to suicides. As China took three months and looks like they are coming out of this situation, there is no way we are coming sooner. Its impact will spill into 2021.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi