Even as measures are taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus in India and people stock up on masks and sanitisers to protect themselves, the seniormost official of the Karnataka Police pointed out that people take fewer measures to protect themselves from road accidents.
The official handle of the Director General of Police of Karnataka Praveen Sood highlighted the “strange paradox” that “3000 people died of coronavirus and whole world wants to wear a surgical mask” but people are reluctant to wear a helmet while riding two-wheelers despite nearly 1.35 million people dying in road accidents each year.
The tweet went viral on the micro-blogging site:
Strange paradox! Isn’t it. pic.twitter.com/RtMPVGTeSJ
— DGP KARNATAKA (@DgpKarnataka) March 3, 2020
While most agreed with the official, some said it wasn’t right to compare the two. Critics pointed out that one may choose not to wear a helmet but in the case of the virus, people may get infected despite taking precautions. (Here’s how to handle the covid-19 scare)
Some also pointed out that bad road conditions were also a big contributor to road accident deaths and that also needs to be also fixed.
You nailed it Sir
— Sachin Gurwe (@SachinGurwe) March 4, 2020
Very right and serious thought sir. 🙏🙏
— Jaikumar Sharma (@jaikumar_sharma) March 3, 2020
I agree with you sir… Helmet is a life saver.
— Srikanth Vardan (@SrikanthVardan) March 3, 2020
More than this, how immature people can be to be told and forced again n again to wear a helmet, and all this for ?
— Agnostic Front_Exploring (@AKhatri25) March 3, 2020
Sir the whole game lies in the delivery of the information/news . We can see that how all the channels are running it in priorty basis. For sure if same type of delivery is done for usage of helmet and people are madr aware. Then we can have good results.
— ISHAN (@ISHAN1032) March 3, 2020
Bang on Sir…
This must be put on Hoardings at every road junction.
— Shashidhar V (@ShashidharV_18) March 3, 2020
It’s how you protray the gravity of reasons.
If reasons of death are shown using multimedia awareness can be increased.
— Veteran_SKS (@SKS5706) March 3, 2020
An invisible enemy is considered more dangerous. The fear is always about unknown.
— Rohan Rajore (@RohanRajore) March 3, 2020
4 months back, we had only 3 deaths due to #CoronaVirus , while it’s 1000x now in just 4 months, while the deaths in accidents remain constant.
Please stop comparing apples with onions. https://t.co/dhZuqOSpd6
— Arnab (@the_sashiks) March 4, 2020
— Aparna (@chhuti_is) March 4, 2020
That is why scientists measure mortality rate. A road accident victim may survive, despite the dangers. Coronavirus can wipe out humanity as of now. Not a paradox.
— Office of BabuMoshai (@baabuMoshai) March 3, 2020
Your suggestion is valid Sir, Y don’t same Question can b asked to BBMP, to repair road which are illogiclly done & fallen damaged, Many are loosing health n getting accident bcz of sudden holes in middle of road, is not accountable? https://t.co/13wbc5jOYT
— Balakrishna (@premosho23) March 3, 2020
Nearly 1.35 Million people die in road accidents but still no one wants to repair the roads.
— Rabikiran Pati (@PatiRabikiran) March 3, 2020
Sir, Good one. But timing not good for such comparison.
Both are must.
— Ashfaq Ahmed (@ashfaqtweets) March 3, 2020
No paradox !!! It can be explained.
While driving, people feel that everything is under their control and they are capable of driving without meeting with an accident. But, a virus attack makes them loose a sense of control over the situation.
— Chaitanya N S (@Chaitanya_ns) March 3, 2020
Sir, because people fear when something(death) comes towards them and do not care when they move towards it(death).
2 different cases:
1.Corona virus: Death is chasing people so there is fear. (Involuntary)
2.Without helmet: People are chasing death thus no fear. (Voluntary)
— Shailendra I शैलेन्द्र I شیلندر (@nf_shailendra) March 3, 2020
Coronavirus is not on anybody’s hand that’s y it haunts people whereas road accidents are in hands of people…..but people should think about it.
— Sabi Alam Ansari (@sabialamansari6) March 3, 2020
In India, the earliest cases of the coronavirus was reported in Kerala, where the patients were treated and discharged. In March, a Bengaluru resident tested positive after travelling to Dubai in February. The patient had then travelled to Hyderabad where he consulted with a private hospital. As his fever did not subside, he was referred to Gandhi Medical Hospital on March 1 where he tested positive.
In Delhi, a 45-year-old patient who had visited Italy last month, and returned to Delhi on an Air India flight from Vienna along with two of his family members tested positive for the virus.
An Italian tourist also tested positive for novel coronavirus in Rajasthan, taking the total number of cases in India to six so far. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday assured citizens there was “no need to panic” and that ministries were working together to contain the infection, which has killed over 3,100 people worldwide. The Prime Minister also said Wednesday that he would not attend all Holi-based events.
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