Many in Kerala still lax about COVID-19 protocols
3,36,560 booked for not sporting masks since May 8; specialists say solely accountable behaviour might help comprise the pandemic
A whopping 3,36,560 individuals have been booked by the police in Kerala for not sporting face masks because the Statewide lockdown started on May 8 to comprise the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This has raised questions on the reckless behaviour by no less than a piece of the general public in the face of a persistent hazard that has claimed extra lives and precipitated severe infections in the State in its second wave.
R. Suresh Kumar, senior advisor in neurology and behavioural sciences, attributed it partly to individuals not being inculcated with civic sense and moral behaviour throughout their youth. “We as a society are inherently insensitive to the wellbeing of others. Democratic countries are fiercely free-spirited and tend to violate restrictions even in the face of an unprecedented crisis like the pandemic. When the curbs are eased, they overcompensate for the freedom lost as was witnessed in the slackening of basic protocol like wearing face masks, physical distancing and hand hygiene post the first lockdown,” he mentioned.
Dr. Kumar emphasised the necessity for maintaining the depth of messaging on the necessity for adhering to the essential protocol, which, he felt, had dropped from the preliminary days of the pandemic. “People should realise that responsible behaviour alone can do away with lockdowns affecting their lives and livelihood,” he mentioned.
P.T. Zacharia, State president of the Indian Medical Association, mentioned that although vaccination was an efficient instrument to battle the pandemic, it was not an alternative choice to the essential protocol. “Responsible behaviour by the public can only be enforced by the police, which they are doing admirably. Political leaders should also set examples in observing the protocol,” he mentioned.
Additional Director General of Police Vijay Sakhare, who devised the idea of triple lockdown, felt that the overall compliance degree had improved owing to efficient policing. “Non-compliance is mostly borne out of psychological and physiological reasons. People who otherwise comply with the restrictions lower the guard in the company of their friends or dear ones as if that would not spread infections. Then there are people who feel suffocated on wearing masks,” he mentioned.
Mr. Sakhare mentioned that violations of the essential protocol had been fined for a deterrent impact whereas many had been let off with a warning.