Let’s Talk nCOVID-19 This Holi!

This is absolutely no news to you that a new virus has taken a toll on the world and is severely haunting the populace. Named as the novel Coronavirus, this was first detected in China and went on to have spread in over 90 locations internationally. The disease that it is responsible for has been named nCOVID-19 (novel Coronavirus Disease-2019). Wuhan in the Hubei province of China is the epicenter of this outbreak. The spread has been speculated to be associated with raw seafood, and animal live market but has not been confirmed yet. The estimated mortality rate of nCOVID-19 is at 2%.

What bothers me today.

India, a land of varied culture and diversity, is known for its amalgamation of festivities and celebrations. A really colorful festival, known as Holi, is supposed to be celebrated today. The festival involves applying colors on each other which means, there will be a lot of human contact on this festival and this is the reason I am addressing this problem today. On any other day, this would have been a sign of bonding and spreading joy but amongst all the chaos that this virus has incited, taking precautions and avoiding large gatherings seems like a really good idea.

It is a matter of good luck that India has so far registered a few numbers of confirmed cases of nCOVID-19, Kerala. Reporting the first case on 30 January 2020. The person had a travel history from Wuhan, China. However, as of today, the country has recorded 39 confirmed cases of nCOVID-19, which is really bothering me at the moment. India is really fond of festivals and the joy that comes with it, however at a time like this, it is best that we all take some precautionary measures. Avoiding religious gatherings, assembling for Holi celebrations, foreign travels, washing hands more often than usual, and touching the face as less as possible will surely keep you safe and sound.

India is on its toes to contain the spread, and that is a good thing.

India is definitely trying to contain the spread and I hope they succeed in doing so. Thermal screening at 30 airports, suspension of visas, quarantine measures and by promoting extensive research for the same are few of those measures that India has taken. India is taking steps, and we all should play our role in it too.

ย My heart goes out to them who suffered and for those who could not defeat the virus. Holi shall come another year, and I want to see you celebrate it when it does. So, here I am, asking you to be safe this Holi. Enjoy this year’s Holi by celebrating with good food, dancing, singing, painting something you like and add colors to your life instead of the face. I hope we are all happy and healthy! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • World In Eyes says:

    Hi Pragati, Happy Holi
    The Corona has affected so many countries so everyone should take some safety measures. I hope you have celebrated your Holi with some safety measures.

  • Lauren says:

    Itโ€™s great you have used your blog to talk about current issues! Very informative! Hopefully all countries can contain it soon

  • Rayo says:

    I have Indians and itโ€™s saddening how this festival cannot be celebrated. I hope the virus is contained as much as possible to stop its spread. Really nice article. Thank you for sharing

  • Ellie says:

    A few of my Indian friends didn’t really celebrate Holi like normal, from the looks of things they want to be careful. I hope you remain safe and healthy from this virus!
    Ellie x

  • Emily says:

    What a great piece! I didn’t even think about festivals like Holi this year, though I know a lot of other celebrations and gatherings around the world are being put off. It seems like in times like these, we almost need to connect, but right now we can’t. So I hope people can have their own private Holi celebrations with frinds and family, like you said, and there is always next year!

    Thank you for bringing up this issue. I hadn’t even thought of how the virus would affect big celebrations like this!

  • Jaya Avendel says:

    It is worthwhile thinking about how the virus is affecting some of the things we love! I am looking forward to going to a camp this year, but there will be a hundred people from around the nation there and, in the face of current events, it may be getting to the camp will be difficult.

    I love what countries are doing to prevent the spread of the virus yet cannot help but think that if people would only stay home to properly heal when they sick such drastic measure would not need to be put into place since people would be living responsibility.

    I keep my fingers crossed for a clean, healthy world soon.

  • Magdalene says:

    I am also bothered about the lack of cure for this virus. It is actually stalling a lot of things. A plus side is that we get to take our personal hygiene seriously .

  • Adam says:

    Itโ€™s a shame that itโ€™s interrupting a festival, I have my fingers crossed everything gets back to normal soon.

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