How Social Media Saved Lives
There was a shortage of vaccines, hospital beds, oxygen cylinders, and other medical supplies in parts of the country. There was also a public outcry against the government which was accused of mismanagement and ignorance of data. A forum of scientific advisers set up by the government warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country, Reuters reported in May during the second wave. Citing government negligence and lack of resources, citizens took it upon themselves to collect resources for patients. They used social media to do so. Here are some of their stories.