The COVID 19 pandemic has swept over 200 countries all over the world, whose spread has caused panic among people. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, governments of various countries imposed lockdown and social distancing concepts in their respective countries.
On 30th January 2020, India reported the first case of COVID-19. And since then the numbers have risen steadily. World’s largest nationwide lockdown was imposed on the world’s largest democracy INDIA on 24th March 2020, to control community transmission.
The lockdown and social distancing is an effective strategy for reducing the spread of infection. However, in a country like India especially in slum areas or in households having joint family social distancing is not possible.
DIFFICULTIES FACED BY PEOPLE DUE TO LOCKDOWN
Due to lockdown, everyone had to suffer. But the most affected ones were the daily-wage earners. Because they have to earn money daily to keep their family alive and to run their livelihood. Not only daily wage earners but also the well-employed people had to suffer a lot. There are many cases where people have to lose their job. It’s just because the company cannot afford to pay them. Labors were going back to their village on walking.
The National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) conducted a study on the topic “The impact of the lockdown during novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)”, concentrated in Odisha and Uttar Pradesh. According to it, around 30 percent of the households had no income during the lockdown. As a result, the lockdown intensified the number of people who are becoming frustrated and depressed.
DIFFICULTIES FACED DUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING
India has a rich culture of living in a close and friendly environment. Thus, it becomes difficult for the masses to maintain social distancing. Social-distancing and its necessary norms created a certain number of challenges within family and other people. Because of this people had to face some psychological problems.
Being in India, it’s our tendency to hunt for a support system, care, and reliability from others. In a survey, 97 percent of people accepted that they are feeling depressed. And this is just because of the feeling of being alone and isolated.
Though online media plays an important role in keeping social connect, and removing the absence of opportunities for physical gatherings, to a large extent, it cannot prevent people from feeling depressed.
According to the United Nation report of 14th May, approximately 264 million people are affected by depression due to social distancing and lockdown.
Even after a lot of difficulties due to lockdown and social distancing, we must see its positive effects also.
The lockdown has helped India in buying crucial time:
- For extensive contact tracing,
- To increase up testing and most crucially,
- To prepare our health system,
- For increasing its health-care infrastructure and preventing it from overwhelming.
Thus, we can say that the nationwide lockdown and social distancing has proven as a successful strategy for India. And we must thank our government for taking the right steps at right time. Because both lockdown and social distancing are the only way to prevent the spread of this pandemic.
AUTHOR: KRITI SRIVASTAVA