With surge in Covid-19 cases across the country and in Jammu and Kashmir, the situation demands strict adherence to SOPs and guidelines as directed by the medical experts worldwide. Given the reason that the ‘second wave’ of the coronavirus is more lethal and dangerous, the precautions have to be increased manifold. The need is for religiously following Covid appropriate behavior even after being vaccinated. As such, the J&K administration as well as common masses must brace up for the critical period ahead. Unfortunately, during this ‘second wave’ most of the people are seen showing laxity regarding following the Covid protocols at the ground level, which is more concerning and worrying than the virus itself. A better sense must prevail; and it would be better for people to stay away from public and social gatherings. The increase in the intensity of the pandemic demands zero tolerance against those found involved in taking the outbreak lightly, with strict punishment in accordance with law reserved for them. The tools to fight the pandemic remain the same: Covid-appropriate behavior, containment measures, efficient testing. Overall, the pandemic taught us to fight the unexpected, with people having realised the importance of not taking anything for granted. The ongoing pandemic demands a conscious responsible behavior. The resolve shown by the country in containing the first wave needs to be repeated and this second wave must be fought with the same spirit. For doctors, medics and paramedics, their role is crucial – to wane off the rumours surrounding the Covid-19 vaccination and to persuade the masses for getting administered with the shots. This is a foremost challenge before them than treating those in hospitals. Given the grim scenario, people need to be more responsible in tackling the spread of the virus rather than putting the onus on the government which, if the situation goes out of hand, would be left with no option but to enforce lockdown – the option many even in the administration rule out for it brings economic vagaries. With the central government taking many important decisions related to the supply of essential medicines, injections and sufficient availability of oxygen, the state governments must utilise them judiciously and give their best to control the spread of the virus. As the number of cases is increasing manifold with each passing day, the J&K administration has no option but to ensure strict compliance of the guidelines and Covid SOPs. We have to stand tall and demonstrate firm resolve to emerge victorious out of this pandemic.