Kubler Ross Model, COVID-19 and Unlock 1.0

India is currently in Lockdown 5.0 which is also called as Unlock 1.0. The number of COVID-19 cases in India will hit 300,000 soon! The number of cases at the time the first lockdown was announced were less than 500. And the purpose of the strict lockdown was to contain the spread of the virus.!

There is this very insightful chart which has gone viral on Social Media, which depicts the story very well. It also caused a bit of controversy and TV debates when Rahul Gandhi tweeted the same.

It seems the people were really scared early on, when the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths were low. And people are relatively relaxed when the count is very high! Surprising, isn’t it? So what explains this dichotomy?

The answer lies in: Kubler Ross Model.

Kubler Ross Model

There is a philosophy called the “Kubler Ross Model”.

That is, when a human goes through any tragedy, natural disaster, accident, they pass through 5 stages. They are —

  1.Denial
  2.Anger
  3.Bargain
  4.Depression
  5.Acceptance

1. Denial – Refusal to believe such a thing never happened. For example, we all denied that Corona will not come to us. Even it comes , repeated denial that it will not spread to our place due to hot climatic conditions.

2. Anger – Getting angry. For example, anger over the loss of income and the loss of normal life due to lockdown.

3. Bargain – Inwardly lamenting that the Corona may not have come and there should not have been a lockdown at all.

4. Depression – It happened like this and goes in to mental pressure and depression.

5. Acceptance – the last stage. The other way around is to accept it. Example: Get used to live with Corona.

These 5 levels are not limited to Corona alone. They apply to all the problems in human life.

The worst sufferers are the ones who do not reach Acceptance level and remain stuck in previous levels.


Good that this pandemic has taught us a new model…though the price for this lesson was/is a bit too much…

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