Exiting the ‘COVID chakravyuh’ through a bioethics prism

Sunil George, Madhavi Misra

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    A scene from Mahabharta reminds us of the situation we are in today. During the battle of Kurukshetra, Abhimanyu- the famed son of Arjun (one of the Pandavas) and the legendary warrior did not make it alive to the end. On the 13th day of the war, Abhimanyu is said to have entered the ‘chakravyuh’ which was a military formation resembling a labyrinth employed by the Kauravas. While it was comparatively easy to enter the charavyuh, as a soldier fought his way deeper into the formation, the maze engulfed him.

    India, today, maybe caught in a similar situation with its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. India enforced a stringent and early lockdown to ensure that both, morbidity and mortality due to COVID 19 infection was contained and the health system was protected from being overwhelmed. However, after 21 days of implementing a lockdown the country has extended it by yet another nearly four weeks in an attempt to slow the spread of the pandemic. The question is, for how long can the lock down carry on and in what manner will it be lifted?
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages3
    Specialist publicationHealth Express
    PublisherObserver Research Foundation
    Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2020


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