Social distancing and wearing masks are set to become new normal once the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted from the country.
In absence of any treatment for this deadly virus, doctors and other experts are of the opinion that precaution is better than cure. Scientists in United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and other first world countries are trying their best to come up with a vaccine to get rid of the COVID-19. Even the World Health Organization has made it clear that normalcy cannot return till the vaccine comes in the market. In absence of any specific treatment, masks and social distancing are the only means available to keep this virus at bay.
Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has hinted that restrictions will be lifted from the areas which have not been hit hard by the COVID-19 and there seems every possibility about lockdown being relaxed after May 3. Once the 42-day lockdown ends people will start moving from one place to another. This will be the real testing time for the government. If COVID-19 curve flattens in the safe zones, it will be a beginning of India saying goodbye to this deadly virus but if the number of cases increase it can lead to a big disaster. Till now the government has succeeded to keep the numbers under check. In a country like India, 30,000 positive cases and more than 900 deaths are not that a big deal. If we compare these numbers with other countries these are very less. The big question is will India be able to keep this number under check after the restrictions are lifted.
Some experts are of the opinion that number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country could be higher as the testing has not be carried out rigorously, but some are of the opinion that if things had to go out of hands they would have gone during the lockdown-I and lockdown-II.
Voices to lift the lockdown are becoming shriller as the economy has been hit hard. Consensus seems to be building at using masks and maintaining social distancing as major tools to fight this virus as everything cannot be kept closed forever.