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Covid-19 is not a naughty version of the flu

Bikram Vohra/Dubai
Filed on July 7, 2020 | Last updated on July 7, 2020 at 02.04 pm
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While we may take heart in the fact that many recover, there is no gainsaying that we have no idea of the mutated forms it is taking and how it will affect us.

Anyone who thinks that Covid-19 is just another slightly naughtier version of the common flu and is being given far too much importance and attention should read the obit for Broadway star Nick Cordero. He fought the virus for 90 days before finally surrendering. It did not just attack his lungs and make him breathless.

He fought strokes, clots, sepsis, organ failure, a tracheotomy, was on a ventilator and became a valiant challenge to medical science like they had to save him. He was occasionally conscious, often drifted away and came back. Hope of recovery was like a tendril of smoke, wafted by the winds of caprice. But Covid-19 was relentless and would not let go its deathly grip. Finally, the body could take it no more.

While we may take heart in the fact that many recover, there is no gainsaying that we have no idea of the mutated forms it is taking and how it will affect us. We might think we are ahead of the game but we are not. So, let us not do a disservice to the frontline troops in this global war and to the efforts of governments who have done and are doing everything they can by being cavalier and casual and downgrading it to a common cold.

There are some myths that need to be exploded so that those who cannot wrap their heads around the fact that Covid-19 is an indiscriminate killer without motive get to understand the threat.

Am I a craven coward about Covid-19. Oh, absolutely, without doubt. You want to laugh at me knock yourself out, I am laughing at you as you break the rules and do the light fantastic and live a lot. Fine, do that, but here are my five pointers to sober you up.

> No, it is not a flipping flu or a blocked nose and vaporub is not the answer.

> No, I really do not care whether it is in water, airborne, through droplets, whatever. It is there, period. You can get it touching an object in a market.

> Yes, it is absurd to mock the mask or the gloves. If it was practical, I would put everyone in a PEP suit.

> Yes, no one is exempt and that includes you, so do not kid yourself that you are somehow ineligible from being exposed.

> Then there are those who believe they will take it head on if they get Covid, and fight it and that is all very well and good, brave talk when you do not have it. Perish the thought you get it watch how quickly your priorities change.


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