Pakistan Institute of Development Economics

Publication Year : 2020

Stay home Stay safe. COVID-19 is outside. It has a big ego. It would not come to your house unless you bring it home. So, no handshakes or hugs, wear masks, keep physical distance, avoid social meet ups, drink lots of water, take steam, do gargles, do not touch your face, mouth and nose, and wash your hands for twenty seconds and repeat it after every four hours or whenever there is a need. Everyone among us has heard these statements in the last one and a half month, repeatedly. We must follow these guidelines. Why are we doing this? To protect ourselves and others. If we follow it religiously, we are all heroes who have some contribution in this battle against COVID-19. The motivation of this piece is to pay tribute to the contribution of our heroes especially the unsung heroes. The ones who perform their duties and do not get much recognition. Starting from doctors and nurses to the cleaning staff at hospitals, those working at helpline 1166 to lab technicians and drivers transporting the COVID-19 patients, all are heroes. They are at the front line dealing with COVID-19 positive cases. A few among them have the proper gear now but none had it initially.