New Year 2021

As we embark on the journey through yet another year in our lives after a washed out 2020, no one, nay not one person, can aver that the potential end of the pandemic is not in their mental horizon.

Will I get the vaccine? Will the vaccine work? Will I get infected with this coronavirus? What will be the effect of the vaccine to safeguard me and my family? Can I stop all these precautionary measures? Can I get my life back? Will things go back to the ‘normal’ that I have been used to for all these years?

Seemingly rhetorical questions , these all…. as no one can answer them with certainty. When asked by someone to comment on them, I candidly stated that these are best answered after one calendar to the date. No one knows, despite all the science being brandished on social media to intimidate the lay person!

Masterly inactivity and watchful expectancy are the key words I am going to be relying upon in this New Year. On the lighter side, I have never watched even a Bollywood movie “First Day, First Show”.

Please be careful of misinformation and disinformation. There is a lot of vaccine related information floating around, and a flurry of claims and counter allegations. IGNORE all these please.

Please have a look at this highly relevant poster from the WHO….

If you have to receive the vaccine, you will get it! You dont have to decide anyway , till the last minute. So why fret? As time goes by, more evidence will roll in, more information will be available. So dont rush to the head of the queue.

In 2021, I forecast that Wearing of masks , Avoiding close contact, crowds and crowded places, Hand and personal hygiene will be the mantra to prevent infection, not just from coronavirus, but a host of other infections. About the vaccine, I cannot forecast what will be the reality, as this is best commented upon in hindsight !

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Published by Delta Zulu Consultancy

I am a Public Health Specialist with a passion for sustainable promotion of human co-existence with the environment! My areas of interest and expertise are Health Risk Communication and Community Engagement, Food Safety, Environmental Medicine and Mass Gathering Medicine. I believe in leveraging the power of technology to capture the imagination of people to inspire them to achieve their health potential, in a sustainable manner. I aspire to empower my partners and motivate stake holders to consistently seek 'work around' solutions, while hoping to achieve an utopian ideal balance.

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