Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), stated on Thursday that Covid appropriate behaviour, including as adequate masking, handwashing, avoiding crowds, and immunisation, is critical.
However, because it is a “mild condition,” the AIIMS Director advised people to remain vigilant rather than panic.
Meanwhile, Dr. PS Chandra, Professor of Neurosurgery at AIIMS in Delhi, believes that the COVID-19 cases, which are currently increasing at an exponential rate across the country, will begin to decline in a few weeks, but caution is advised and that we should plan for the worst while hoping for the best.
“There are reasons to assume that this will be ended in a matter of weeks, as it has in Africa, where the number of cases is currently decreasing. These are the silver linings, but we must proceed with caution for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it is extremely contagious. Obviously, you are aware that we must maintain our vigilance. So, keep concealing, keep social distance, and keep working from home. Avoid excessive travel, avoid unnecessary gatherings, and public gatherings should be avoided at all costs. As a result, all of this must be continued “In an interview with ANI, Dr Chandra remarked.
He said that the Omicron virus is very contagious and will boost herd immunity.
“There are a few silver linings to it, and we should proceed with prudence. And our goal should be to plan for the worst-case scenario while hoping for the best. A high percentage of individuals are asymptomatic, which is beneficial in certain ways since it increases herd immunity, meaning that more people are sick and are absolutely asymptomatic. Obviously, it will establish that immunological barrier to prevent additional stretching, and last but not least, because it is very contagious, it will also produce that immunological barrier “he stated
Dr. Chandra expressed worry about hospitalisation and stressed the importance of taking safeguards.
“Our second issue is that we have such a large population. Even if 1% of the population required hospitalisation, it would be a significant amount. We don’t want to see our hospital’s infrastructure crumble. And it becomes the duty of each and every citizen from that point of view. They should not relax their vigilance just because it’s a little virus. As a result, people must exercise caution not just for themselves but also for the community as a whole. You don’t want to add to the community’s burden. As a result, all of our hospital beds are full ” he added.
He also stated that the majority of his team’s resident physicians are ill, and that if a huge number of healthcare professionals become ill, the system as a whole will suffer.
“We must safeguard our healthcare professionals. Because they are front-line warriors, they must exercise extreme caution. So, if they collapse, who will be responsible for all of the patients? So, for example, in my unit, about half of the residents are unwell. They’re all suffering minor symptoms and seem to be doing OK. They have not been allowed to report for work, though. So it’s critical that healthcare personnel are protected, not just for their own sake, but also for the reason of caring for those who are infected with COVID-19 “Dr. Chandra said.