Coronavirus disease is a result of a newly found coronavirus. People who get infected with Covid-19 experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and can recover without any hospitalization. Coronavirus has affected around 6.8 million human lives to date which accounts for only 0.08% of the world population. India is presently the fifth-largest contributor to the world total with 2.67 Lakh cases. But, have we ever given a thought as to how many people have been affected by Covid-19 mentally? Science and Research workers have been struggling to find absolute and solid information about the pandemic which keeps us far away from having lucidity about the entire situation. But one confirmed thing is that there are no traces or even slightest of hints which state that the virus is directly vandalizing the mental health of people. So what is it that is causing people to lose their minds? The answer is fear-inducing journalism by some channels which have been witnessed to focus more on drama than reporting authentic news lately. Several news channels today are doing more harm than good, they lack numerous amount of things but spreading despondency, trepidation, and abhorrence isn’t one of them. This is seen to be achieved by only spreading the adverse news while neglecting the optimistic one in addition to sparking up communal and political hatred.We all are observing a new daily high in the number of cases each day. People are worried and tensed about the rise in the number of infected people, fearing that they might get infected too. But there is something that we are missing out on. Have we ever talked about the number of recovered cases? How many of us know the maximum number of recovered cases recorded in a day? No, and very few are the answers to the questions above respectively. 10,884 is the highest number of COVID-19 cases recorded in a day, but do we know what’s higher than that? Let’s put a limelight on the 11,735 patients who recovered on the 29th of May making it the highest number of recuperations in a day. The fear of the virus going out of control in Dharavi which is the biggest slum in the continent accounting for almost 51% of cases in Mumbai has mitigated too, the number of days required in doubling of the number of cases recorded every day has slowed down to 44 days which was calculated to be 25 just 10 days back. Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mizoram, Punjab, Chandigarh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Ladakh and Telangana have individually recorded recovery rates of more than 50%. To the delight of the residents of Pune, more than 60% of the patients have recovered in the city.Nobody talks about the increase in the testing capacity either which has become more than 1 lakh tests per day at the moment. From not being able to produce even 1 PPE kit, India has started producing around 2 Lakh PPE kits per day, the sanitizer’s market has swelled more than fourfold after the Covid-19 outbreak with several local brands dominating it presently. There has been a massive increase in the number of beds and ventilators too. The government of Maharashtra has taken control of 80% of the private hospital beds as Maharashtra has been the worst affected state till now. Delhi, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Rajasthan have taken rigorous serious steps to increase the facilities of ventilators and beds.Media channels hiding the positive news have spread nervousness amongst people and we have had some incidents supporting this claim. Statistics tell us that around 80 people in the country have committed suicide over the fears of being tested positive for the virus. Were the high recovery rate, the low mortality rate, and a promising ratio of the total tests conducted to the people tested positive not enough to give them the confidence to maintain their mental health? Or was it that they had barely heard of the three terms just spoken about?India still has a long way to go and there has to be a huge increase and improvement in the medical facilities, but with that, we as citizens of the country also have to keep in mind that we are not going to win this war against corona by having a feeling of despair and panic in ourselves. We are going to win this by having awareness and full knowledge about the happenings around us and taking care of ourselves.Talking about the spread of communal and political hatred, blasphemy and bigotry have intensified majorly in the last few months. Tablighi Jamaat religious congregation that took place in Delhi’s Nizammudin Markaz Mosque has been talked about a lot. They were held responsible for 30% of the positive cases in India at one point of time. Well, we are not really here to discuss and pass judgment on who is the one accountable for the disastrous consequences of the event. We are actually here to introspect and come down to a conclusion which tells us whether religion should become a factor that decides what a human deserves?Recently in Chennai, a bakery used a tagline which said “No Muslim workers” thinking it would turn out to be a unique selling point for them. Whatsapp chats have emerged from a group of hospital workers in Rajasthan in which they have refused to take up the responsibility of Muslim patients.On the exterior, people who have resorted to such actions are the ones being held responsible. But who is their driving force into all these acts? The answer without any doubt is the deceptive media.Not mentioning any names, but there have been channels who have resurfaced old videos of Muslim vendors, and workers and have claimed that they are spreading the virus through their acts. The videos have been proven completely fake and bogus upon scrutiny. I am not here to support the attendants of the event and their derogatory behaviour which were seen later on. But is every person who preaches Islam a part of the congregation? Is it fair for media channels to tarnish the image of one particular community under the name of journalism? Is it correct to strengthen Islamophobia which has existed over the years now? Certainly not, is the answer to all the questions.Coming to the spread of political hatred, media has acted in the most immatured way possible by giving a platform to some politicians for keeping the blame game going. Apart from providing a platform to the politicians by instigating them and pitting them against each other, some channels have been leading from the front in presenting false reports across the country. Just to mention one, some channels claimed that the Government of Maharashtra has shifted patients who were undergoing treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital and KEM Hospital in Mumbai to shelter under the nearby flyover to make room for the Covid-19 patients. After probing into the issue, it was found out that there were was not one person who was undergoing treatment shifted out from the above-mentioned hospitals. The arrangement under the flyover was made for the people who were in the waiting list of Tata Memorial Centre and didn’t have enough financial resources to afford accommodation in hotels or lodges in the city. What we have to think about is, how did an act which was done out of goodwill broadcasted as something executed to dismantle the comfort of the financially deprived citizens? This is only one of the many such attempts in which the sense of camaraderie and peace has been disturbed.As said earlier, we have a long way to go in defeating this virus and as things have started opening up now, the risk factor has increased. The motive behind the content is not to decide how well the central or any state government is handling the situation but is to understand the importance of verification and how it can actually help us in staying away from the pessimistic thoughts. Of course, not all channels serve us with misleading information, but it’s always better to have clarity and certainty about everything. I am not trying to convey that the COVID-19 pandemic should not be taken seriously or restrictions on social gatherings should be lifted, but there is always a thin line between the feeling of seriousness and panic. We all need to know which is the right side to be on. We all should also wish for the success of the vaccines developed by Oxford and Astraszeneca which has already been tested on hundreds of volunteers and is expected to get the final results by the end of August. India could benefit if it’s successful as Serum Institute of India has partnered with Oxford to ramp up the trials and develop the vaccine so that early prototypes are made available to developing countries by October 2020.