In Covid times,What to touch and what not to? Information Is Power: In the popular ancient Greek mythological tale, “King Midas And His Golden Touch,” an elf named Goldie blesses King Midas with a magical Gold- en Touch, which ultimately turns out to be a bane in dis- guise, when everything he touched turned into gold, including his daughter and he begins to starve as all food turned into the yellow metal with his magic touch. His life becomes hell and ultimately the king summons the elf and kneeling before her pleads to take away his magical pow- ers. Goldie agrees to take back the Golden Touch in exchange for everything Midas pos- sesses, including his castle, his crown, and even his clothes. In return, Midas is given only the hamburger he begged for.
Information Is Power: Instead of bemoaning his poverty, Midas devours the burgerjoyfully and lives hap- pily thereafter. predicament as Midas faced The entire world today, it seems, is facing the same in the tale. The dreaded disease, COVID-19, which has spread to almost every nook and corner of the world has put people in the same challenge that Midas confronted: the challenge of touch. But unlike Midas, the world knows not who and where the elfis, who will deliver it from this chal- lenge. People in north Bengal as in the rest of the world, are faced todaywith a million-dol- larquestion:What to touch and what not? Reverberating the immor- tal opening phrase of Prince Hamlet’s soliloquy inWilliam Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” – “To
Information Is Power: be or not to be” – Rinki Roy, an English teacher at a gov- ernment-aided school in Hatighisha near Siliguri said, “To touch or not to touch, that is the question. We are all at a loss in finding out what to touch and what not to, where to touch and where not to. If this continues for long, I fear we will all become mental patients,” the 29-year-old Roy, who has a harrowing time every day, sanitising his hus- band and three in-laws, when
Information Is Power: they return from work in the evening, says. Reza-Ul-Haque, a resident of Paulpara in Siliguri, said he is unable to concentrate on his work as most of the time he remains focused on ensuring that his hands don’t get con- taminated and he is not infect- ed by coronavirus. “Iamamar- keting representative by pro- fession. Ihave to roam about different places. The fear of the coronavirus infection haunts me and my colleagues and we
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Information Is Power: are at a fix when to wash hands and when not to. There is a huge scarcity of hand sanitisers in Siliguri and we cannot carry soap and water with us always,” he said. Sanjay Bagchi, who agreed with Haque, said he had start- ed using surgical gloves. “It is very difficult to make out what to touch and what not and equally difficult to ascertain what could be infected and what not. I, therefore, decided to use hand-gloves-when I am outside,” he said.
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Information Is Power: According to experts, peo- ple should avoid touching surfaces which mayprobably be infected and wash their hands soon after they come in contact with these sur- faces to prevent coronavirus. But how do people know which surface is infected and which is not? Dr Sanjay Mullick, profes- sor, Department of Microbi- ology, North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, told this correspondent that since most people unconsciously touch their eyes, mouth and nose many times a day, it is advisable that they do not touch unknown surfaces. “COVID-19 spreads only. through droplets of arrinfect- ed person. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, the droplets of his cough fall on various animate and inan- imate surfaces within six feet of the person. The virus
Information Is Power: remains alive in the organic materials of the droplets, namely the mucus and epithe- lial cells in them for at least 12 hours. If a healthy person touches these surfaces in the meantime and then puts his hand inside his mouth and nose or rubs his eyes, the virus may get into his body through the mucus mem- branes there. We all should therefore avoid touching unknown surfaces,”he advised. The senior microbiologist stated that it was to break the chain of infection through unknown surfaces in the coun- try that Prime Minister Naren- dra Modi yesterday urged people to follow a Janta Cur- few’ on 22 March. As the country keeps its fin- gers crossed against the mys- terious virus, our Prime Min- ster may turn out to be the elf and relieve India of the worst pandemic of 21st century.
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