Dear Editor,The ongoing scenario in the country with the number in corona cases surging every day, the lockdown was continued into lockdown 2.0. This step was essential to keep a check on the contagion. But due to the carelessness and negligence of certain people by defying the orders of complete lockdown, the number of hosts hosting contagion is increasing day by day. This contagion is the invisible enemy which leaves its presence on almost every surface it comes across. Be it the doorknobs, the iron railings, wood and any surface one can imagine.As a result of which, the closing of various institutions, hotels, temples and other public gathering places was taken into account. Even the biometric services were suspended for there was uncertainty who may contract the contagion from the biometric sensor, be it there. With almost everything under lockdown, some shops and places like petrol stations are allowed to operate. In the present circumstances, these places need to be extra cautious and operate in such a way to minimise the possibility of social contact. But despite knowing the fact that this contagion stays on surfaces, some petrol stations are still making the use of EDC machines or the card swiping machines. Many people come to the station, fill in their vehicle tanks, swipe the card, enter the code, hand it to the worker and leave without even realising that they just touched a surface that who knows how many others have touched and infected. It increases the risk of people getting affected manifold. Even the station workers don’t use gloves to operate the machine, and this is sheer negligence and stupidity in times like these. The petrol pump authorities should take into consideration this thing and guide the station workers on frequently disinfecting the EDC machines and giving the consumers a sanitizer spray before punching their card codes. But as Lawrence Peter ‘Yogi’ Berra said, “The game isn’t over until it’s over.” Hence we should take every precaution to prevent this pandemic from further spread.Satyarth Pandita,Swaran Vihar, Bantalab.
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