Applying common sense to stay alive

Dear Editor,
Tough times call for tough measures. It is sad to see so many being arrested from illegal gatherings, from partying and from socialising. Phagwah and Easter are two of Guyana’s biggest celebrated holidays, and Guyanese are accustomed to much fun and frolic while congregation in large numbers with their neighbours, friends, relatives, families, co-workers and other associates.
However, the law is the law, and it is above anyone and everything. It must be respected, observed, adhered to, and applied at all times and under all circumstances, and by all – be it the maker, keeper, upholder, applier, observer or consumer. Failure to accept, or rejecting stipulated rules and regulations, causes the guilty ones to pay the severe penalties, as recommended and approved.
The deadly COVID-19 disease is very much alive, and is multiplying uncontrollably because some irresponsible, irrational, careless and unconcerned people refuse to adhere to the strict protocols which are urgently needed to help prevent, control, and stop the spread of this virus. A positive and committed effort is essentially required from all and sundry to help, because the virus has no preference for class, race, gender, religion, place or time. The gravity of this dangerous situation remains, and should not be lost, ignored, diminished or dismissed.
Perhaps complacency has stepped in because of the duration of this pandemic, and impatience rules the roost. People feel imprisoned, and do want to break free and regain a sense of independence. But they should look carefully and consciously at the repercussions, especially the causative root for so much hospitalisation and, unfortunately, the loss of so many beloved ones. Each person should still be worried and concerned with their own safety and security as well as those of others.
No one should be selfish, adopt a carefree attitude, and think that he or she is safe or aloof and is exempted or incapable of attracting this disease. Just look at how the numbers keep escalating daily, both in terms of the death rate and the contraction rate. Fortunately, some vaccines are available, and Guyanese are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is a slow but sure campaign, but the Government needs the assistance, cooperation and discipline of all Guyanese in order to overcome this mutual difficulty. Guyana cannot afford to be blindfolded, led astray, be fooled, be nescient, be prejudiced, reckless or nonchalant.
It is the sacred duty of each accountable citizen to devote their time, energy, effort and service to ensure that this attack is eradicated as early as possible, before it can pose a front and oppose the fight for survival to overcome this devious and common enemy.
If each one of us should wash our hands as often as possible, sanitise, wear our masks properly and at all times, eat lots of fruits, take supplements, practise social distance when in presence of company, venture out only when unavoidably necessary, take the vaccine as soon as it is possible, keep our surroundings clean and free from debris and dust, exercise and keep a positive attitude, pessimism would replace optimism and hope would conquer despair.
Caring, sharing, helping and giving selflessly and not selfishly are the pillars of high and honourable values attributing to the goodliness and sincerity of mankind and the survival of moral dignity in society. While charity begins at home and remains one of the doctrines contributing to one of man’s earthly purposes, the current situation demands that its institution should be designed and implemented in accordance with the emerging health rules practised by all communities.
Let’s be sensible, practical, and uncompromising. Certainly, let us distribute money, goods and food, but let us prepare and package food for takeout purpose. The less we congregate, the more we can inculcate what is appropriate. Is it so difficult to avoid easy, obvious and preventable mistakes, blunders and errors? It is past the time to get real.
Guyana is a place where people refuse to recognise the problem, and procrastinate rather than anticipate and acknowledge the issue, thereby becoming proactive. Safety takes precedence over sentiment. Do not contribute towards the dangers, avoid all unnecessary events and activities. Why not apply a bit of commonsense in order to stay alive?

Jai Lall