Despite registering a drastic surge in the number of positive cases being reported in the state every day, Kerala has decided to take the pandemic situation head-on, and as a part of it, the government has eased travel restriction imposed in the lockdown. Adopting strict precautious methods public transport has resumed to a large extend throughout the state except for the containment zones. However, buses will only ply to the adjacent districts, long travel through public transports is still restricted. 

If you are a Keralite staying somewhere abroad or in some other states and are planning to return back, here are some guidelines and information you should have to be aware of. A compulsory home quarantine for 14 days is advised, which is not mandatory for business travelers who are coming for a stay less than a week. There is a list of obligations that the passengers (coming from abroad) required to have information about. 

  • The passenger should register their details on the government site covid19jagratha.kerala.nic.in
  • Below the instructions to be followed, one has to select the airport of arrival.
  • After registering their details on the site, the passenger should carry an E-pass while they arrive.
  • CCJ- no counters- E-pass mandate from the origin.
  • TRV -passengers who don’t possess an e-pass should undergo intuitional quarantine till they obtain the pass. No passenger will be sent back.
  • COK- need to fill a form at the origin, if missed they can also fill the same on arrival but it’s not much entertained.
  • A self-declaration form issued by the government has to be filled by the passenger on the departing/origin station. 
  • Passenger should have an entry pass to Kerala with any other state or UT to which the passenger requires to go once arrived. 

No place in the world is safer than your motherland, no matter how long you travel one day you surely have to return back. but it is equally important to ensure the safety and health of your brothers and sisters. Make yourself aware and stay cautious together let’s overcomes the pandemic. 

Role of social media in social distancing

An unfamiliar term a few weeks back is now the most discussed term worldwide. Establishing its disastrous effect in all prominent countries all over the globe the Novel Coronavirus popularly known as COVID-19 is wide-spreading within a short period of time killing at least 2% of the total affected population. As there is no available medication that offers a complete cure, precaution is the only method that can be adopted to contain the spread of the virus. People are advised to wash their hands at regular time intervals, cover their cough, wear a mask, avoid unnecessary travel and most importantly practice social distancing.

Corona is a contagious virus that has a greater probability to get easily spread through physical contact with an infected person. So social distancing is considered as an effective and affordable method to restrict the spread. Humans, being a social animal by birth may find it difficult to cope up with the idea. Refraining contact ensure safety but disturbs the routine behavior of many. 

Social media is an adequate platform for effective communication during an emergency situation like this. It’s an appropriate platform to spread awareness, hold discussions and access education and consultations. The most interesting fact is that many platforms are taking initiatives to support social distancing. Such as:

 

  • LinkedIn

LinkedIn had recently announced free courses that will be made available in the wake of a global epidemic. The courses involve tips to stay productive, build relationships while working from home. It also includes tutorials for virtual meeting tools like Skype, Cisco WebEx, Microsoft Teams, etc.

 

  • Instagram

Instagram has banned searches for Covid-19 AR effects, analyzing the sensitivity of the condition. Also, they have developed New Information prompts in their Home feeds which link to the World Health Organization website. 

 

  • G Suite

In order to ensure regular operation of schools, colleges, and other business organizations during the Covid-19 epidemic, Google has offered to provide free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to G Suite customers globally. It enables them to stay connected even during the time of quarantine. This option works through the first week of March up till July 1, 2020. 

 

  • Twitter

Twitter has advised content to host effective communication between the brands and their users during the epidemic. As the crisis has caused a severe impact in the global economy companies are striving to mitigate its disastrous effects.

 

  • YouTube

YouTube is utilizing its homepage to direct users to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) so that they can get reliable updates. It is vital to present reliable updates as fake news associated with the epidemic is widely spreading everywhere.

Social media has reduced the whole globe totally into a few inches of screen. Understanding the prime requirement to obey the rules and regulations put forward by the World health organization, everyone is requested to follow social distancing with its at most important by making the best use of every service that all popular social media platforms offer you.