Every morning, I wake up to tweets looking for leads on oxygen cylinders and hospital beds. At times, these tweets come with a timer. “Only 45 mins of oxygen left in XYZ hospital,” most of them say. I retweet, like and quote them, hoping that help will come. Sometimes it does, and lives are saved. Sometimes there is a leak in an oxygen tank, and dozens of people die.
India is fighting an all-too-harsh second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, and the falling oxygen saturation level is a critical symptom that must not be ignored at any cost. Such patients need supplemental oxygen therapy to survive the virus, but India’s health infrastructure cannot fulfill this demand surge. Therefore, people die in ambulances, in auto-rickshaws and at home while waiting for basic medical resources.
Twitter feeds are mirroring this sense of despair and grief felt by the entire nation. Startup founders, investors and teams have also used social media platforms as a sounding board, venting their frustration and sharing their grief. Donating to Covid-relief fundraisers and starting volunteer efforts to fill the massive demand-supply gap across the country are just a few ways of coping with the anger and grief.