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Depression will kill more than the virus

Birjees Hussain

She has more than 10 years of experience in writing articles on a range of topics including health, beauty, lifestyle, finance, management and Quality Management.

She has more than 10 years of experience in writing articles on a range of topics including health, beauty, lifestyle, finance, management and Quality Management.


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Now that we’re in a somewhat of a lock down, nothing seems to matter except for the chance of being able to go out and do our normal everyday things. To be able to get dressed and even go for a quick walk seems like months away. I wonder when it was the last time we went to buy groceries or a cup of coffee or just to get some fresh air without fear.

If you live in a tiny flat like I do with several people in it, no matter who they are, even if it’s your immediate family, they can get on your last wick. You feel like pounding your head up against a wall, especially if your personal space is literally about 6 feet long and about a foot wide. You have no privacy to even make a phone call. And the stupid balcony has no wifi so you are completely cut off, Can you imagine that?


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All those people living in villas should stop complaining. They have huge houses with ample room to go and sit and do their stuff without people, even family getting in their faces. They even have a garden in which to sit quietly away from family who are probably getting on their nerves.

It reminded me of all those poor birds being locked in cages by their owners. Small cages in which the bird flies back and forth looking for a way out and finding none. I’ve seen poor bulbuls inadvertently get caught inside shopping malls flying back and forth from one end of the ceiling to the other, endlessly looking for the exit that they have sadly forgotten. And now that all the malls are closed it is likely that these birds will die because I suspect they survived on crumbs left by shoppers and the food courts.

If you have a bird cooped up in a cage, now you know how it feels. So now is the time to let that creature out into the open so it can fly away to its family and friends.

Now you know what it’s like to be caged up in a zoo, imagine this. Those poor helpless birds sitting on your balcony. Or in your garden are far luckier than you are because right now they have the one thing you don’t have. With all the high tech gadgets at your finger tips, with social media readily accessible to you, ask yourself one simple question. Who is luckier? The pigeon pooping on your balcony and then flying off, or the crow chasing its meal or the birds fleeing from their prey? Who is luckier? Well the answer is very simple. It’s freedom. They have freedom and we, as a global population do not. Some of us are so scared to even open our doors because we think that this virus is standing at our doorstep to grab us by its tentacles.

From personal experience I have found that the fear of the virus is more devastating than the virus itself.

A prominent professor recently said that lock down for a brief period of time serves its purpose but in the long term it’s depression from the lengthy lock down that will be the killer.

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