Coronavirus: If you are not helping, stop the jokes

Ever since the Coronavirus brought out in Wuhan of China earlier this year, over 90,000 are said to have been infected by the disease while over 3000 are said to have succumbed to it. While there are many theories as to how it all began, which some stating that it was even predicted a decade ago, the question here is not how it started but rather on how to prevent it, how to cure those infected and safe lives. Reports say 48,190 individuals have recovered from the virus also known as COVID-19. Whatever the data be, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared it a medical emergency and countries across the globe are keeping a check on it, especially at the airports, keeping a tab on those entering their countries. It is one such disease/virus that has taken the world by storm.

Indeed, the Coronavirus is one of those epidemics that has made the world to come to a standstill will fear and alertness. Even as Doctors and scientists are looking for a cure as thousands die, one of the real sadness is this – the social media such as Facebook, WhatsApp and TikTok are filled with jokes, Memes and videos making fun of the virus. Seriously? When the World Health Organisation has declared a global health emergency and leaders of countries across the world taking up steps to prevent the virus from entering their country or prevent their citizens from being infect by Coronavirus, there are a section of those on the social media, creating jokes and memes just so to get a few more ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ on their page. How sad that one has to find fun and happiness in the tragedies of others. These people should realize that there are people dying, people suffering from the virus, families are crying and suffering and nothing is funny in that. In fact it is horribly inappropriate to laugh.

Yes! It is no laughing matter that the world is on alert because of Coronavirus and is taking all precautions possible. It is no laughing matter that when over 90,000 are infected and over 3,000 have died, one has to find humour in that tragedy. Before creating such jokes and memes on the virus, they must ask themselves if they would do the same if one of their family members was infected by the disease or died from it. Another man’s tragedy cannot be another man’s joy, if one wants to live in peaceful co-existence. It is sad that people seem to regularly find some tragedies and other mishaps in life funny. As Erma Bombeck once said, “There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.” And seriously, to find humour in another man’s tragedy is no humane.

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