OPINION: Stay Home, Stay Safe. Let’s Stop Coronavirus.

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Stay Home, Stay Safe. Let’s Stop Coronavirus.

“Look around you. Look at our Kashmir Valley. Look at other states and countries too. Everything is closed. Well, almost everything…..”

By Farhat Wani
Reported by Team RK
29 July 2020

Stay home, stay safe and save the Kashmir. And the world too. Given the stunning speed of infections caused by the new coronavirus, it won’t be a surprise if much of the world goes into lockdown again.
Most of the countries are on lockdown and some others have declared national emergencies. That gives us an idea of the danger facing the world.

The COVID-19 is a contagion. It may not be in the league of the Spanish flu. But it’s a pandemic nevertheless. We have to be worried.There’s even talk of a looming global recession. That’s not at all comforting.
Look around you. Look at our Kashmir Valley. Look at other states and countries too. Everything is closed. Well, almost everything.
Schools, colleges and universities are shut in Jammu & Kashmir. Distance learning may keep education going, but the skills gained from social interaction can’t be acquired online.
Shops, restaurants, parks and public facilities are no longer open. So where do we go? Whatever happened to hanging out at the malls.
Consider the economic consequences. People don’t travel anymore. 

If we have to turn the clock back, we have to stop the pandemic. The march the virus has to be halted. Only then can we put the economy back on track.
How can we contain the spread of the virus? The best solution is to break the chain of transmission. It can only be achieved by limiting our exposure to the pathogen. That would mean remaining indoors. Which is why all affected countries are asking people to stay home. We in the Kashmir too have to remain indoors.Staying home makes you safe. Your family too. Your community becomes safer. The country and the world will soon return to normality.
Staying home is a sacrifice. For a mobile generation like us, it is painful to remain indoors. That’s why it’s a sacrifice. 
Let’s stay at home. Watch TV. Read books. Cook food. Or order home deliveries. Chat online and talk to each other. Our family bonds and friendships will grow stronger.

It will help stop the virus. And heal the Earth.Then we can return to the streets and parks. Our economies will flourish. Jobs will return. And maybe we would have saved the world too.
So stay home. Stay safe.

Author Farhat Wani is a social Activist