Lowering guard poses serious threat of 3rd wave: Expert

Lowering guard poses serious threat of 3rd wave: Expert
Beds set-up at Indoor Stadium Srinagar as venue was turned into COVID-19 emergency centre. [File] Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Following the decrease in the number of positive cases with each passing day and less number of admission of Covid patients in hospitals, the effect of second wave of Covid-19 has diminished to a large extent but this has also resulted in lowering of guard against Covid which can pose a serious threat and lay the base for the predicted third wave, warn experts.

Throwing light on the current Covid-19 scenario here, Professor and Head, Community Medicine, GMC, Srinagar, Dr Muhammad Saleem Khan said that the decrease in Covid positive cases and the number of Covid deaths was an encouraging indication of winning the fight against second Covid wave.

Dr Khan, however, cautioned that the decline of second wave has resulted in non-seriousness among people towards Covid Appropriate Behavior, adherence to SOPs particularly wearing of masks and physical distancing, adding that such behaviour poses serious threat of third wave of coronavirus.

“The third wave of Covid is highly dangerous, fatal and can take a heavy toll of lives,” he warned and suggested that in order to keep the impact of the third wave under control people need to follow previously fixed guidelines.

Crowding the markets, health resorts and marriage ceremonies without wearing masks and no regard for social distance is unsolicited and unbecoming behavior, he said.

“In the interest and safety of our families and society, we need to act responsibly in every domain of life and social interaction,” Dr Khan said.

Acknowledging that people mostly remained confined to homes for one and half year and are eager to start their normal life, he said that people may go out to attend to their needs but strict adherence to Covid Appropriate Behavior is needed to avoid possible third wave.

Additionally, he strongly recommended and emphasised on the vaccination and termed it as a strong tool to fight against Covid.

Dr Khan said that vaccination of elderly people has been almost completed; now, all the individuals above 18 years should get themselves vaccinated.

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