Restricting Movement Can Help Flatten the Curve

The world is in the middle of a health crisis and many countries’ economies have been hit by Novel Coronavirus. Educational institutions have closed temporarily and offices have moved all their work online. With a huge number of cases being reported every 24 hours, things are going to take a while before they start getting better. India has crossed the 11 lakh mark and is increasing by thousands every day. Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai are the cities that are badly affected, with Mumbai having reported the highest number of cases in the country. 55% of the cases in India have been reported in Mumbai. However, the real question isn’t when things are going to get better but how to flatten the curve? To know more keep reading.

So, everyone has been following the basic safety measures that were announced at the beginning of this pandemic by WHO. Everyone is washing and sanitizing their hands frequently, wearing a mask whenever they step out and following social distancing, but these safety measures are clearly not enough to flatten the curve.

However, it has been noticed that towns and countries that followed a strict lockdown (that is restricted the movement of their citizens) were successful in stopping the spread of the virus. China, for example, where the Novel Coronavirus originated. There was a strict and complete lockdown that was enforced to restrict the movement of people which successfully helped in flattening the curve in the country. People were not at all allowed to step out of their houses. Food and other essentials were delivered to them. While the other countries were still dealing with the virus, China was free of it for a while until they lifted the lockdown once they were no more cases reported in the country for some time.

Likewise, a small town in Rajasthan, India, Bhilwara was successful in stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus. What did they do differently? They enforced a total lockdown. City and district borders were immediately sealed. Neighbouring districts were asked to seal their borders with the town. A complete ban on goods and private vehicles. Containment and buffer zones were declared as NO MOVEMENT areas. They also conducted cluster mapping and daily disinfection protocol for all containment and buffer zones. A total strict NO MOVEMENT protocol helped the town curb the spread of the virus.

Now coming to the movement within the country. With people travelling from one city to another it is further increasing the count of other states. There should be a stop put to domestic as well as international flights to prevent the virus from spreading across the world. This seems to be one of the reasons for the increased number of cases in certain cities that had a relatively low number of COVID cases a couple of months ago.

When COVID-19 cases were reported during the beginning of this year, there was a nationwide lockdown imposed to restrict the movement of people to prevent the spread of the virus. And to an extent, the lockdown proved to be beneficial for the country. But with the states opening up malls, restaurants, cafes and offices the situation is just getting worse. If India enforces a strict nationwide lockdown again it could help in flattening the curve. We will have to wait and watch if a nationwide lockdown will take place, again. Until then, you take care of your loved ones and yourself. Stay at home, order all your essentials online and step out only if it is absolutely necessary. Stay Safe!

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