By Brig.Dr. Shashivadhanan
This is no more a pandemic. It does fall within the definition of a biological war. Whether it’s a lab grown pathogen turned rouge, or an index case of zoonosis, only time will say. The most potent and desirable bioweapons should possess four main characteristic features: low visibility, high potency, substantial accessibility, and relatively easy delivery. Whatever be its origin, the corona virus fulfills all criteria for being labeled the most potent bioweapon. It is following Darwin’s theory of survival of the fittest with élan. During the second wave, the virus has become more virulent, it’s mutating so intelligently that RTPCR is unable to effectively detect it .Vaccines too seem ineffective. The spread is like wildfire. There is no definitive treatment for this virus as on date. It does not respect the Geneva Convention. Cast creed, religion, age, gender, geographical boundaries are all passé for this virus. Evidence based medicine has taken a back seat.
Now that we know it’s a war situation, primitive instincts dictate that, each one has to protect one’s own protoplasm. Preventive measures are very easy to follow. We just need to keep our mask on, maintain social distance and sanitize our inquisitive hands. Where death is imminent, humans need not wait for directives from government. In a war you don’t complain staying indoors, you don’t ask why you should not party or go to crowded malls or multiplexes. You don’t choose pleasure over your blessed life. Adopt safety protocols, protect your near and dear ones, and get your vaccine shots rather than insisting on class I evidence. Government need not be treating you like imbeciles requiring directives to keep you alive. Remember all activities should aim at keeping yourself and your dear ones alive. Prevention through self-restraint and self-discipline are of paramount importance. What should matter now is, come out of this war safely. It is a war and “ Corona ko Harana Hai”
The writer is Brig.Dr. Shashivadhanan, Professor(Surgeon & NeuroSurgeon)