It’s always said, “India is testing”. Is it really testing? Or, we should say, people of India are getting themselves tested. Because, testing is not free accept in government hospitals, and that too, the free government centres are few and far between. Mostly, people call for testing and it costs Rs. 2800 per testing plus additional charges for masks and gloves and sanitisers which the test technician visiting you will use.
I said in one of my earlier blogs that the entire world, except China, is just managing the Covid crisis to handle hospital and testing capacity. If there is no lockdown, hospitals and diagnostic centres will get overwhelmed.
Britain may again opt for another lockdown because they have to manage the hospital capacity and news is ripe that people have to travel 100s of miles to get themselves tested. British have NHS system, which actually means uniform medical attention for all. Covid has overwhelmed the top healthcare system of the first world country.
What does that say for India? Every day India competes and beats itself and the world in covid positive numbers. Now, technically, “India” is not testing. No ones going out collecting nasal and throat swabs on any Indian roads. In fact, the “people” are paying for the Covid tests or standing in line at some free Covid testing centres to get tested.
Again, people are not going to spend money or stand in a long queue for free tests just for the heck of it. They are testing because they are desperate. They may be suffering from Covid symptoms, and then they have reached a point where they just can’t do without urgent medical attention. They have to go and get tested because unless they’re not certified Covid positive they will not be accepted for isolation and subsequent medical attention.
So, when you see a number, like say, “India’s figure reaches 100,000”, these are desperate people who cannot do without urgent medical attention. Hence, there will be equal number who are asymptomatic and silent spreaders. And equal number more who will get affected in days to come. One can “safely” say, India is in 300,000 club, cumulatively, Covidwise.
So what does one foresee with these kinds to information. That India has surrendered to “live and let die” scenario. That every Indian has to brace themselves for one Covid in their life. That Your immunity is your only friend against Covid. That a vaccine will be your only saviour.
One should know, Common Cold is one sort of coronavirus. There has been no vaccine or medicine for common cold. All what you take over the counter medical stores like ColdX etc., is to manage the symptoms. It would be interesting to see how the coming vaccine against corona “SARS-COV-2” will turn out.