Man is a social animal. Unfortunately, the global outbreak of COVID-19 virus has forced people to give up their usual mode of life for their own safety.
According to the World Health Organization, the virus which originated in China’s Wuhan Province, is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or exhales. Instead of staying in the air, these droplets fall and can contaminate various surfaces for days. Coming into close contact with an infected person or a contaminated surface leads to a new infection.
The most dangerous aspect of the virus is its incubation period of 14 days. During this time, an infected person might not show any worrying symptoms and can unknowingly spread the virus to other people they come in contact with. In order to counteract this, medical experts and many governments initiated lockdowns, urging people to stay home in an attempt to contain the outbreak.
The new norm of “Social distancing” and “Self-isolation” over the first few months of 2020 has created a large shift in the way we live our daily lives. And though we are all dealing with these new changes, every one of us is being affected and coping in different ways.
Sitting dormant within the four walls of one’s house can be challenging. With physical movement restricted, social gatherings banned, and a general lack of interesting things to do, the days start to blur together it’s hard to stay optimistic.
To understand how people have been and are still handling this new reality of restrictions and social distancing, we created a web-series titled “#safedistancesavelives”. With this series, we connect with people from different walks to life and ask them how the pandemic has impacted every aspect of their life- both professional and personal.
We reached out to a wide range of people including an Indian home maker, an international classical dancer, a dentist, a film actor, a social activist, an industrialist and many more. Each person is coping with this crisis in their own way, but with each in-depth conversation we had, we found that everyone shared one common thing. More than anything, they all realized the importance of spending quality time with their families.
The need to remain connected with loved ones even while being unable to physically meet, made digital media the only viable method of communication during the many long weeks of lockdown. Online communication media like Zoom, allowed life to continue by letting people talk to family and friends, attend important work meetings, celebrate life events, and even take a multitude of classes.
Though this crisis has grown to such a horrifying magnitude, it has also brought people together in different ways. We are creating, we are connecting and we are enduring. We are in this together and the hope is that we will emerge victorious eventually.
To start watching our series, head over to our Youtube Channel.