n Kashmir we had around 444 patients who turned positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday. While the media gaze is on, a lot of tragic events are happening in our markets from last few days. And the only thing which can make a difference right now is mask. But they only work to the extent that people wear them around others. When many people refuse to do it, out of selfishness, they give the virus a helping hand. It is again a sad year for the entire world, especially for India. How can we be so irresponsible with the lives of others by coming out of homes without a face mask? All these are questions that stare us straight in the face. Are we waiting for more such incidents to happen in future? or do we have the strength to take certain proactive steps to ensure that cases wouldn’t rise in future? We need answers to these questions at this critical point in our history. It’s the time when nobody wants to go back to lockdown mode. Before few months ago It was a big relief that the shutdown and the distancing requirements were eased.
We Kashmiris made considerable sacrifices to contain the spread of the coronavirus — staying at home, giving up dining in restaurants, and having no fun outside. Was the effort wasted? The only weapon to stop the spread of this deadly virus (Covid-19) is to wear a mask. Masks can make a difference at this time, and they only work to the extent that people wear them around others. When many people refuse to do it, out of selfishness, delusion they give the virus a helping entry. Covering faces is key to resuscitating the economy. If everyone wore a mask, businesses and their employees could be spared from the ravages of an extended slump. On Wednesday, the Div Com also emphasized on bringing behavioural change in the society and all covid related SOPs particularly of wearing masks are followed as a habit to safeguard Valley people from getting infected during the third wave. And please do choose reusable masks when possible. Those flimsy disposable masks aren’t just bad for the environment, too often they end up strewn in parking lots.