The Weekly Dose: Lockdown 37.0
These personal lockdowns will have to be auto-extended until we are all vaccinated, or our self-restraint and willpower are exhausted, whichever comes first. We ourselves will formulate each set of new lockdown rules, based on our cravings, weaknesses and loneliness, but hopefully, also on science, logic and common sense.
The Weekly Dose: Let them eat cake
To allow 1.3 billion people to bumble on without a plan is not a plan. ‘Let’s see what happens’ is not a strategy. ‘Wait and watch’ is not an option. We are restless, irritated, bad at following orders and itching to get back to life as we knew it; not intervening in time will see each of one us lose at least one loved one to the virus. And if this is going to happen, we need to be prepared for it.
The Weekly Dose: M for Medicine, M for Morale
At the back of their minds, frontline workers have understood and accepted that sooner rather than later, due to the sheer frequency and volume of their exposure to COVID-19, every one of them will contract the infection. Their bravado has led them to be compared to soldiers; this needs to stop. Soldiers are trained for combat; none of the doctors and nurses working right now have been trained to deal with a pandemic.
The Weekly Dose: The carnage inside a COVID care centre, in a frontline doctor’s words
We are fighting this war with weapons that cannot help us win.
The Weekly Dose: What it feels like inside anti-COVID protective gear
You’ve entered a room without doors or windows that is just a few millimetres bigger than your body in every dimension; a coffin of stiff plastic moulded around you. Your body cannot breathe, and neither can you.
The Weekly Dose: The great Corona cover-up
People are dying across India during the lockdown, and not from COVID-19. Mrigank Warrier reminds us to think about people who need medicines and medical assistance for serious conditions, and those who are living precarious uncertain lives.
The Weekly Dose: Corona is a colonial power that divides and rules
The tides of such histories have been turned by the concerted action of the colonised coming together as one. But corona’s armour of invincibility is forged on the basis of the fact that to survive it, we must stay apart. Divided we stand, united we fall.
The Weekly Dose: Lockdown
We may never know who Patient Zero was. But what we should never forget - we who lambasted migrants heading home in packed trains - is that in all likelihood, corona was imported to India by air, at the behest of someone who could afford a flight ticket. Someone wealthy. If - despite the nationwide lockdown - the virus spreads more than it already has, let us not forget that we - the disposable income, travel-for-work, travel-for-pleasure upper-middle class - are responsible for seeding it in the farthest corners of the country.
The Weekly Dose: What doctors confronting the coronavirus won't tell you
"Take the option to work from home, wherever possible. Whoever can, should stay indoors; it will really help us all. The handkerchiefs and sari ka pallu around your face is not going to help; just stay home. Our administration is already doing a lot at ground level, everybody is struggling, doctors and nurses are working round the clock without bothering about their family, food, or even personal hygiene, sometimes. The least we expect from the public to curtail this is social isolation and distancing."
The Weekly Dose: Indian doctors on the covid-19 front line, in their own words
Eight doctors treating patients with COVID-19, exposed to possible cases or at heightened risk of exposure, describe how the virus has affected their work, reveal the inner workings of their hospitals in this period, and lay bare the often poor and inconsistent support offered by the powers-that-be to their efforts.