Covid-19: Follow basic sanitary hygiene measures

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Covid-19: Follow basic sanitary hygiene measures

  • 2020-03-17
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EDITORIAL (Maha Media News Services)

Covid-19: Follow basic sanitary hygiene measures India’s tough decision to virtually ban all foreigners from entering the country for a month, and ask everyone, including Indians, to defer travel unless necessary came an hour before the World Health Organization (WHO) finally declared the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) a pandemic on Wednesday. Over 5.5 billion Chinese travel annually within the country. More than 160 million Chinese travel abroad, and over 140 million overseas visitors come to China. It is scary to realise that in December 2019, tens of thousands of unsuspecting carriers continued to travel all over, compromising their own health and safety as also that of others.

The health ministry of India advised people not to panic, saying the focus is on preventive approach and there are adequate facilities available for testing. As a preventive measure to check the spread of coronavirus, the Delhi government on Friday decided to cancel all sporting events, including IPL matches, in the city. Earlier on Thursday, the government shut schools, colleges as well as cinema halls till March 31. So far, the cases in India have gone up to 76 with one employee each of Google office in Bengaluru and a Noida based company being tested positive. India on Thursday also reported the first death due to coronavirus.

Coronavirus was first reported in Wuhan (in China’s Hubei province) in late 2019. When the first case appeared in early December, Wuhan officials threatened and gagged the doctors from alerting the public. Coronaviruses are common in animals and can sometimes spread to humans. By the time the authorities issued warnings and alerted WHO on December 31, the virus had already spread to an unmanageable level. By January 30, every Chinese province had been afflicted. A total of 103,168 (including 80,695 in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Macau) confirmed cases of coronavirus infection including 3,507 deaths (3,097 in China, 145 in Iran, 230 in Italy, 50 in South Korea, 13 in Japan, 19 in the United States, plus other countries) have been reported across the world as of March 7. It has now spread to more than 100 countries.

The health ministry of India advised people not to panic, saying the focus is on preventive approach and there are adequate facilities available for testing. The emphasis now must be on social distancing and avoiding all unnecessary congregations of people. Concurrently, public health authorities must increase screening and testing and keep exhorting ordinary citizens to follow basic sanitary hygiene measures, like frequent washing of hands and seeking out medical advice if symptoms surface.

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