Coronavirus Last updated on 2021-03-26 19:01:35
Rising COVID-19 Cases: Exercise Precautions & Safety Tips
- Dr. Sreelekha Daruvuri
- 3 Min Read
Spanish Flu is considered the most severe pandemic that has ever hit humanity which consisted of three waves over a period of two years. But it seems that the COVID-19 pandemic is emerging to be as dangerous as the Spanish flu pandemic. The first case of COVID-19 was detected in China in December 2019 and it’s been a year since WHO has officially declared COVID-19 as a global pandemic. COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the novel coronavirus. This infection spreads by droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The symptoms range from mild to moderate respiratory symptoms. Elderly people or those with medical conditions like cancer, long term respiratory illness, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and diabetes are more at risk. With the availability of better medications and vaccines, there is a sense of relaxation but it does not mean that the pandemic is over. It would be a lie if one says that COVID-19 has subdued. The fact is that we are far from living normal and this false notion of optimism has now caused a spike in the COVID-19 cases in our country.
Negligence of safety protocolsOne main reason for the rise in COVID-19 cases is the negligence of safety protocols. Poor adherence to the safety precautions is causing the surge of coronavirus and its mutant strains(though not proven yet,) can not be ruled out here. When the COVID-19 cases were decreasing at the start of the year, it was wrongly assumed that we had finally developed herd immunity.
What should be done from the government's end?
- Stringent measures are to be followed
- Testing needs to be accelerated
- Contact tracing has to be done
- Vaccination drive has to be scaled up massively
What can we do?
- Wash your hands frequently
- Use alcohol-based sanitisers if water not available
- Practise social distancing (1 metre at least)
- Wearing a face mask when you are outdoors
- Avoid going to crowded places
- Do not touch your face
- Sneeze into your elbow
- Use disinfectant wipes to clean frequently surfaces like shopping cart handles, fridge doors, tables or chair
If you are organising an event or get together
- Choose outdoor spaces over indoor spaces
- Local guidelines should be followed
- Guests need to be briefed about the precautions
- Guests should be encouraged to follow safety protocols
- Necessary supplies like sanitisers, masks, etc. are to be provided
Consult a General Physician
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