What is even scarier than seeing the steady rise in coronavirus positive cases in the country is the irresponsible behaviour around it. Every day there are reports talking about how people are running away from the quarantine facilities, hoodwinking authorities and then taking the public transport across cities or how people are not declaring their travel history upon return from nations which are severely affected by the coronavirus. What are these people thinking? Can denial be a cure to COVID 19? The latest to add to the list of such irresponsible behaviour is Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor.

Kanika who is best known for her songs ‘baby doll’ and ‘chittiyaan kalaiyaan‘ allegedly hid her travel history from the authorities and partied at a 5-star hotel. A party which was reportedly hosted by interior designer Adil Ahmad and attended by Vasundhara Raje along with her son Dushyant and many other people.

Vasundhara Raje tweeted, “While in Lucknow, I attended a dinner with my son Dushyant & his in-laws. Kanika, who has unfortunately tested positive for #Covid19 was also a guest.As a matter of abundant caution, my son & I have immediately self-quarantined and we’re taking all necessary precautions.”

The 41-year-old singer was in London and returned to Lucknow last week and has now tested positive for coronavirus infection.

What do you say to such irresponsible behaviour from people who are public figures?

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There is no way that you have missed the word “social distancing” in the current scenario. It is impossible you have not heard or read that the virus spreads from person to person. You could not have missed the fact that the country is trying their best to stop a community transmission of the dreadful disease. As much as there is no need to panic, there is a need to take health advisories seriously more than ever before.

Every day there are reports talking about how people are running away from the quarantine facilities, hoodwinking authorities and  not declaring their travel history. What are these people thinking? Can denial be a cure to COVID 19?

We are currently facing a pandemic, a public health emergency of proportions like never before. Given the gravity of the situation is it too much to ask people to behave responsibly? Every single day there are several WhatsApp forwards sharing the plight of people in Italy, the country which is the worst hit by the disease outside of China, many of them pleading the rest of the world not to repeat the same mistake the European nation did. Reiterating how social distancing is the buzzword and the fact that keeping ourselves safe is in our own hands. Today there is another message which shows a convoy moving, claiming it is not gearing up for war but just transporting dead bodies. This is not the kind of world any of us want to wake up to, imagine people who are living through this.

We are currently facing a pandemic, a public health emergency of proportions like never before. Given the gravity of the situation is it too much to ask people to behave responsibly?

Even if you do not take your health seriously you have no right to jeopardise the health of the people around you. You may be healthy to sail through this with minimum or no damages, but what about the unsuspecting person sitting next to you who has elderly parents with a heart condition at home? Or what if you pass it on to someone who is the primary caregiver to a cancer patient? Ask your conscience if you can live with the guilt? Also think how as a developing nation with such a huge population we will be able to deal with a health emergency that critical?

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At a time when all of us are facing self-doubt whether we are doing enough to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe people who can influence public opinion should use it in constructive ways. If you have the means then reach out to people to tell them about the precautions they can take, tell them how they can stay positive and sail through this. Recklessness like this is simply unpardonable right now.

The views expressed are the author’s own.

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