Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on April 26th, 2020 that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has effected several positive changes in the way people are living their lives and masks are one of them as he addressed the nation through his Mann ki Baat programme.
“Many positive changes are organically making their way into our work culture, our lifestyle and our daily habits. You all must have felt how this crisis has made us more aware and heightened our consciousness on various subjects. The effect that is most visible around us, is wearing a mask and covering the face. In the changed paradigm due to Corona, masks are becoming a part of our lives,” Modi said.
The Prime Minister said that masks will now become a symbol of cultured society. He elaborated his point with an analogy about fruits and diseases.
He added, “There was a time when in many parts of our country if we saw someone buying fruits in our neighbourhood, we would enquire about their health. So, buying fruits meant illness. That was the notion back then. But times have changed and this paradigm too has shifted.”
Appealing all the citizens to wear masks, he further added, ” If you want to save yourself and others from disease, you will have to wear a mask. And my simple suggestion to everyone is to use a gamcha or a light towel to cover the face.”
Modi also spoke about the harm of spitting in public and said people must shun this bad habit.
“Another awareness that has come about in our society is that people now understand the damage that can be caused by spitting in public places. It had been a part of our bad habits that we would spit just about anywhere. This presents a serious challenge both to cleanliness and to health,” he said.
He added,” It’s time now to get rid of this problem once and for all. As they say, ‘better late than never’. So even though we have been late in addressing it, but now we must eradicate the spitting habit. These things will not only boost our basic hygiene levels, but also help in preventing the spread of the corona infection.”
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