Covid-19 has literally terrorised the entire world! When the virus first struck Wuhan in China, in November last year, most people underestimated it, taking it for one of those epidemics (the world had witnessed quite a few of them) that strike a country or a region, once in a way, and would disappear without causing much harm elsewhere. This was not to be so with the Coronavirus or Covid-19 (Coronavirus disease) as it is now known.
Once it crossed the borders of China early this year, the virus spread very fast to countries like Italy, Spain, Iran, the U.K. and to the United States of America, where the number of people affected, and those dying from Covid-19 (crossing 40,000 as of today) is ever on the increase! India is not spared either, though the mortality rate and the number of people testing positive is quite low as compared to other countries much less populous than India. The recovery rate too is high because of the tireless efforts and the drastic steps taken by the Centre and the State governments.
The most drastic step, as we know, that the Indian government took is the strict nationwide lockdown for 21 days, which was then extended to another 19 days, taking the total number of lockdown days (for the first time in the history of India) to 40! Though the positive cases and the number of deaths seem to be increasing in certain “hotspots”, the “curve” is definitely flattening as per data available!
The editorial office of The Teenager Today has been functioning all the same, as the Coronavirus could not dampen our spirits, while most other offices in the campus had to be shut due to the lockdown. Our April 2020 issue did reach us on schedule from the press and was ready for dispatch when the lockdown came into force, bringing post offices and train services to a deadly halt, and painfully also our efforts to reach you with a special issue on the North East!
The May 2020 issue is ready to go to the press, but waiting for achche din to come, post offices to resume work, and the trains to start running. We are only waiting to fly to you, one and all. Till then, we surely miss you, dear readers and friends, of The Teenager Today!
Alfonso Elengikal, SSP, has the unique distinction of being the longest-serving editor of The Teenager Today, an office he held for over 17 years. He is the bestselling author of You Can Make A Difference, You Are Destined For The Skies, Let The Real You Stand Up! and Discover The Hero Within You published by Better Yourself Books.