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An Encounter with Covid 19

Hmm. Should I call it an encounter? Assault will be a better word to use, I think. To the best of my understanding of the nuanced difference between an encounter and assault, in an encounter, one is equally equipped to fight the opponent, while assault is used when one is suddenly accosted by an enemy. My search on the internet confirms this. “Assault is a violent onset or attack with physical means, as blows and weapons etc., while an encounter is an unplanned or an unexpected meeting”.
So, surely the use of the word encounter with Covid is wrong. Even though the severity of the assault on the body by it in its present Avatar named Omicron has drastically reduced than what its ancestors Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and even Delta carried, its transmissibility has increased manifold.
All along I have been thinking that this virus is a subtle, (and I would like to take the liberty of using this word) warning from God. He didn’t want to wipe out the human race from the only planet that we so far know has it. Though, so far, there has not been a wisp of indication that there is life either on any celestial objects that are spinning around on their own axes while going around their set courses for millions of years. But viruses are not living things. Biologists won’t agree with me if I call them living organisms, but once inside the cells they can clone themselves so quickly that even a strong, powerful body can be overwhelmed by their onslaught within days and turned to dust.
We have seen the worst of it happen during the second wave. I am afraid to use the statement but I know it is true that there must be few lucky among us, who haven’t lost a dear one to it during the first or the second wave, but as I said, I believe that God didn’t intend to wipe out the human race. That’s why this present Avtar of Sars-Cov-2 is not deadly and the consequence of that is worrisome. Perhaps, the fear of death was necessary and now when it is not there, the people have lowered their guard and the result is there for us to see. Within days the cases are reaching a new high and this is happening despite India having achieved a remarkable milestone of vaccinating 150 Crore people.
Thankfully, the Indian government unlike others is not facing the gritty resistance to vaccination because of religious beliefs or just adamancy born out of weird reasoning that the whole game is conned by the pharma giants intending to rake in billions by scaring the people.
People can have their own reasons to decide if they would like to get inoculated or not, but I believe, in the process of enjoying my freedom, I shouldn’t pose a danger to the existence of others. The Indian government has declared to the Supreme Court in the affidavit that there is no compulsion on anyone to take the jab, but your reason for not taking it should not be based on some stupid reasoning. Faith in modern science is necessary.
It is because of it that we are able to identify the new strains that the virus is rapidly mutating into. It is because of the big advancement in research and technology that we could produce vaccines to give a protective shield to the vast majority of the population around the world. Imagine, what devastation would it have caused if still, we were unable to identify what was making the people sick.
I hope, with time, the new strains will continue to become weaker and one day, man will overcome this challenge, nature has thrown to us, or is it the warning that we must mend our ways or else, we will be responsible for our own annihilation? I am sure that at least the Chinese are not listening. We may never come to know whether it escaped from the lab or came to exist because someone ate some rare, unheard-of sea creature as being theorized.
I doubt if there exists any such creature on land or at sea that the living Chinese or their ancestors hadn’t eaten before. I don’t even believe that they have stopped eating those rare creatures or they ever will. No amount of brainwashing even as rigorous as they are doing of the Uygur Muslims will ever change their mindset or eating habits. I am not advocating vegetarianism because it’s not that the world will become free of viruses if we all become vegetarians, but we must stop, think and count our blessings.

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Ushasurya
Ushasurya
4 months ago

Dear Navneet
Hope you are completely okay now and out of fatigue too. I have seen /heard friends and relatives relating about the harrowing experience.
I wish..pray…hope..
that
THE LAB WHICH DEVELOPED THIS VIRUS BURNS DOWN TO ASHES> THE COUNTRY THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS DEADLY VIRUS PERISHES>>LEAVING JUST THE GOOD PEOPLE THERE ALIVE.The rest should perish horribly !!!!!!

Ushasurya
Ushasurya
3 months ago
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Dear Navneet
Wishes to you too for Baisakh..
Will write soon..Right now undergoing physio for extremely painful back pain…am posting only comments.
Hope to get cured in a week and shall start posting with a vengeance :)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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