During the coronavirus pandemic, the government of India had announced that everyone returning from Italy, France, UK, US, Japan, China or any land infected by coronavirus had to go through the mandatory check up on the airports and quarantine themselves for the next 14 days. Whether or not they were COVID-19 positive. The airport staff, doctors were giving their best to make sure everyone who flew into Indian borders was tested.
Celebrities are one of the biggest influencers in our society. Youngsters follow their every move diligently. They have a huge responsibility in shaping our youth, seen as a role model for society. Kanika Kapoor, an Indian singer, complained of showing flu-like symptoms and took to social media to advise people to take care and stay home. That’s when social media went bonkers. Her travel history was revealed, and it was known that she had been to London and skipped the medical checkup procedure at the airport. On top of, that she made another imbecile move of throwing a house party and sending out invitations; the guest list included names of politicians as well. She was tongue-lashed on social media, a few of her celebrity friends came to rescue but to no avail. The damage was already done. She had put thousands of lives at risk. The government traced everyone she had come in contact with and tested them for COVID-19. Kanika Kapoor herself was quarantined and she is still positive with COVID-19 after the third test. Doctors state that she isn’t responding to treatment but is otherwise stable.
People who flew back to India were quarantined in Navi Mumbai but absconded before the results of the tests were declared. It is not about celebrities or common people, it is about understanding the gravity of the situation. They not only put themselves at risk but the whole community at large. If people don’t join hands it will be impossible to flatten the curve. And a developing country as large as India, cannot provide medical care for lakhs of people at the time.
Minal Dakhave Bhosale, a virologist, created the coronavirus testing kit in a span of six weeks. She submitted the kit for testing to National Institute to Virology (NIV), just a day before delivering a baby girl. She was not alone, a team of 10 people worked hard with her. “Our kit gives the diagnosis in two and a half hours while the imported testing kits take six-seven hours,” Bhosale said in an interview with Hindustan Times. The cost of imported kits is 4700 INR while the kit developed at Mylabs Discovery Center, Pune costs just 1200 INR. The first batch has been dispatched to Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Goa.
When people like Minal work day and night for our betterment, why forget the sacrifices of the brave souls. Let’s quarantine and play our role.