The Nepal Weekly | May 04, 2021 | Editorial
Nepalis should be double careful in personal and public hygiene as they cope with the second year disruptions caused by the COVID-19. The troubles of pre-vaccine times of last year and the difficulties of the post-vaccine circumstances this year are similar in nature. People should therefore not be indifferent or negligent in their behavior during public health crisis and accompanying economic and social interruptions. A few habits suggested by scientists should be developed sincerely by all in society. Important among them are careful masking, meticulous social distancing, and regular use of sanitizer. The measures are not sufficient to beat the virus but they are instrumental in checking its spread among masses of people. Avoiding public gathering or crowd and not celebrating occasions important to individuals, family or organizations would be a good idea to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. The practices, although highly important from the viewpoint of socialization and psychological support, require postponing at the moment. Dealing with people hygienically during shopping or in transport-mobility is another guideline health experts emphasize. Leaders of politics or civil society or professional bodies and the people attached to various wings of government should bear in mind that they should also not do anything that facilitates the spread of the virus. If they do not take this point seriously it will be very difficult to control the spread of the corona virus. Nepal government should have been better prepared for fighting the second attack of COVID-19 particularly its new variants. Health experts had issued warnings to this effect for quite some time. There was, however, no serious attempt to learn lessons from 2020 COVID-19-public health crisis in the government sector. Because of this there are several weaknesses in policies and practices pursued for coping with the second wave of COVID-19 and its new variants. As is known to all public health crisis does not get confined to health sector alone; its effects could be felt in all sectors of society particularly the economy, livelihood, poverty, income generation and production. Minimizing the effects should be the goal so that they do not affect other aspects of society while facing the virus-attack.