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Covid-19: Is a second wave hitting Europe?

BMJ 2020; 371 doi: (Published 28 October 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;371:m4113

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Staring into the Face of a Second Wave of Calamity? Re: Covid-19: Is a second wave hitting Europe?

Dear Editor,

In many parts of the world, after the intervening lull, the Pandemic Second Wave seems to be gathering momentum.

Initially no one had a clue how the SARS-CoV-2 was going to behave. Not that we really understand the Virus, the Infection or the Pandemic fully, even now.

More intriguing is the behaviour of the People themselves.

At one end of the Spectrum are the chilling fear complexes, at the other end is sheer Recklessness, and then all the hues and shades in between.

There is a dire need to open up economies. Nobody likes to starve.

Academia should not stand still.

People also need an escape from their cloistered lives. But after having seen the woes and fatalities which the infection brings, one would have expected the People themselves to behave responsibly, rather than the curbs having to be imposed by Governments.

Or is this mass frustration, utter hopelessness, that is consuming us?

There need to be some stabilizing factors to instil genuine hopes beyond what science can offer.

Arvind Joshi

Competing interests: No competing interests

29 October 2020
Arvind Joshi
Founder Convener and President Our Own Discussion Group, Consultant Physician.
Our Own Discussion Group Mumbai PIN 400028, Consultant Physician at Ruchi Diagnostic Centre and Ruchi Clinical Laboratory, Kharghar PIN 410210; Maharashtra State INDIA.
Mumbai PIN 400028, Kharghar PIN 410210; Maharashtra State INDIA.