“We drive cars but don’t venture to fly a plane. Why? Because we are not trained pilots.
That’s how it is. Managing our personal Covid realities is like driving a car; carrying a nation through a mercurial pandemic requires trained pilots. But when non-professionals try to fly planes, nations end up with confusion and chaos.
That’s what may have happened with Covid-19 in Pakistan where June 5, 2020 marked the 100th day of the outbreak. And during those 100-days, who educated the country about the disease? Politicians, anchors, doctors, bureaucrats, and others.
The discourse around lockdowns needs to change. The focus must shift from policy to mass education, from analysis to practice. This requires a panel of experts endorsed by the government and the local medical bodies. They should study the evolving science of this novel coronavirus, then communicate its symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and preventive strategies to laypeople, daily. The goal is to train a nation on how to tackle this pandemic.”