The recent downward trend in
Bangladesh is finally recording under a 100 deaths per day from Covid-19, and daily infections have dropped below 4,000. Thus, it may seem tempting to feel at ease, and believe that the worst is behind us.
Yet, this feeling of complacency would be a grave mistake. We have been here before, where we believed that the worst of Covid was behind us, only for a new wave to catch us off-guard and wreak havoc on the lives and livelihoods of the people.
Thus, with health experts hav-ing warned recently that the recent downward trend in the Covid-19 infection rate and deaths could be only temporary, and that another wave of the pandemic may be just around the corner in a matter of weeks, it is imper- ative that we begin taking the necessary precautions immediately, and treat this warning with the seriousness that it warrants.
While it will be impossible to bolster our health care facilities and medical
infrastructure in a matter of weeks, the government must continue to direct its efforts towards it, for in the long run, for a country harbouring the economic ambitions of Bangladesh, there is no alternative to a robust and functional health care system, where the people receive the appropriate care, when they need it, and where they need it.
Beyond this, however, the people must also do their part, and this means adhering to the
health protocols regarding Covid that have remained the gold standard -- avoiding mass gatherings particularly in closed, indoor spaces, wearing masks when outdoors while limiting going out as much as possible, and regularly washing hands with soap or sanitizing them.
We have just come out of the worst period of Covid for the country. The last thing we need is to once again find ourselves in an unmanageable situation.