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Most commonly asked questions about Coronavirus and lockdown
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Updated: Mar 24, 2020, 16:54 IST
As the number of novel coronavirus cases has touched 3,83,908 globally and resulted in 16,587 deaths, impacted countries around the world are going under lockdown as their final resort to contain the highly contagious and fatal coronavirus. Amidst reports of India not testing enough for the disease, it alone has nearly 500 positive cases of COVID-19 and 9 fatalities. Since the cases of the viral infection have surged, authorities have put almost the entire country under lockdown, banning gathering of people and suspending road, rail and air traffic till March 31.
While staying at home is no longer a luxury but a means to stay safe and protected, we understand that you may have plenty of questions. We are here to help you understand what exactly is happening, demystify the keywords around coronavirus and help you stay safe.
- Can I step out to withdraw money from the ATM?
Yes, one can step out to withdraw money individually
- Can I go out for a jog in the morning?
Yes, but only individually
- Is it ok to go to the park in the neighbourhood for my morning walk?
No. Under the current circumstances, it is best to avoid outdoor activities. However, if you can find a time of the day when there is no one around, you can take a quick stroll.
- Will I be arrested if I step out of home?
- Can I book an Uber or Ola to go to the airport?
- Is it safe to use the lift in my building. There are about 1500 apartments in the complex
Yes. You have to ensure that you maintain proper hand hygeine and respiratory hygiene. You can even try disposable gloves and face mask to protect yourself from catching the infection through the lift buttons.
- Will I be able to leave my city/state?
Several states have sealed their borders and only essential services and emergency cases are being allowed to cross. Travel only if you must.
- Will I be penalised, if I break the lockdown?
All lockdown advisories should be followed with utmost seriousness. The police can take punitive action against you if they feel your actions are endangering the lives or disrupting the law.
- For how long will the lockdown continue?
A majority of the states have issued guidelines until March 31, however, there are some instances where advisories have been issued for shut down of services till mid-April.
- Can I go out?
Avoid. A person should venture out of his home only for essential needs. People should also avoid public transport as much as possible.
- Will the internet and couriers be suspended?
No. All essential services, including internet and courier services, will continue to function.
- Will I able to withdraw money?
Yes. Cashier and teller operations of banks, including ATMs, falls under the essential category list.
- Does the lockdown apply to online shopping?
Yes. E-commerce of all essential goods, including food, pharmaceutical and medical equipment will continue to function.
- What if someone needs to visit a pharmacy for medicines?
All pharmacies across the countries are categorised under the essential list and will continue to function as per their normal working hours.
- Will the hospitals remain open?
Yes. Hospitals will operate normally.
- Will local grocery stores operate?
Yes. All stores selling food items, groceries — fruits, vegetables, milk, bakery items, meat, fish etc — will continue to remain open.
- Will petrol pumps work?
Yes. Petrol pumps, LPG/OIL agencies will continue to function.
- Can we travel from one city to another in personal cars?
No, most cities are under a lockdown
- Will isolation help 100 per cent prevention against corona?
Yes. If you and your family have not been exposed to the virus, isolation will keep you protected. And if you have been exposed and recommended self-quarantine, make sure you follow that dutifully to keep other safe.
- Do I need to stock essential items?
No. You don’t need to stock essential items. There is enough stock available in the market and hoarding it won’t be useful.
- How safe is it to visit a hospital?
It is not completely safe to visit a hospital, more so if you are above the age of 60 or suffering from comorbidities. However, if you have to visit the hospital for screening, dialysis etc, inform your healthcare official beforehand and make sure you wear a mask and maintain safe distance from others.
- Should I visit a hospital at all? or just quarantine will do?
If you experience flu like symptoms, it is best to consult a local doctor. Do not head to the hospital straightaway as it can expose you to the infection.
- Will I be stopped if I am in my car and going outside the vicinity of my house to get essential items?
No. All essential services like chemist, grocery, vegetable vendors will continue to operate and no one should stop you from going to get essential items.
- Can I go out in my vehicle to pick up someone who is stranded somewhere?
Yes, you can but only if the person concerned is not stranded outside the city limits
- Are hospitals authorised to stop attendants from entering?
Talk to your healthcare provider. Given the circumstances, it is best to stay away from hospitals.
- Are auto rickshaws allowed on the roads?
Yes, provided the drivers are willing to ferry passengers
- Can I visit my neighbourhood elderly who stays alone?
Compassion is a medicine but you can put them at risk, so it is best to interact over video calls and not visit them.
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