I have some pet peeves and they never fail to get me riled up.
TV and press reportage top the list. Ads come a close second.
The font on my front page gets larger everyday, the information is exactly the same.
Statistics that are foxing- 10 new confirmed cases, 2 critical, one dead but maybe due to hypertension. Today I managed to spot some figures on how many people have recovered after treatment.
In short,I just dont know what to base my panic on, other than the fact that yesterday's screaming headline is now hollering at me with a sound system from hell.
And today -this
BMC conducted an opinion poll through sms- asking 1000 random people- should schools and colleges be closed down?
The State body that should be assessing the situation based on scientific analysis and advice from the medical fraternity asks 1000 random people what their inner being seems to feel about this issue. The first time I have heard of state institutions borrowing ideas from Ads- what an idea sirji!
I am outraged, yes.
I got the message from a parent class represetative yesterday telling me that the school would be shut until monday. I had got the message already from other parents. I asked, "Why has the school been closed down?" A parent of Sanah's friend said,"Its good. Better safe than sorry." I said, "I have no problems about the school being closed, but do we know why its been closed down today- has any child/chidren tested positive?" I think thats the least we should know - if that is the case then I need to be a little more vigilant. But if the school has closed down based on the BMC poll then all I can do is chant, what an idea sirji!
I am as anxious as the next parent. Since children seem to be more vulnerable.
But why were we not as jumpy when other air,water,mosquito borne potentially deadly disease broke out? I suspect it was because we did not have to deal with those complications with a visit to one, and only one, hospital.
Maybe the BMC should spend more time in allaying the fears of all of us who think a visit to a government hospital, and worse being quarantined there, is akin to hell. It is tough, but it is not hell.
Surely our perception of a virus cannot be based on this fear of hell. We are not dealing with voodoo in this day and age.
And I wish someone could explain to me why both the testing and the treatment needs to be centralised.