“Self-distancing is the best way to combat COVID-19”
“Two types of people should wear masks: First, those Doctors and nurses who are taking care of a virus-infected patient should wear the masks. And the second, those people who are living in those areas where corona patients have been found should wear masks,” said Dr SCL Gupta, a consultant surgeon and cancer specialist at Batra Hospital, Delhi, in an interview to Ravi Mishra. Excerpts:
Coronavirus is now a global issue and Indians have also been infected of this. How should it be ascertained as to who should get tested for novel coronavirus?
Those people who have a travel history of coming from abroad and those who have symptoms like cold and dry cough, fever and headache should be tested. Even the government should search for such people and make them tested. Not only this, if anyone in a family is found corona positive, then the whole family should be getting tested for this. At least 1000 people should go through cluster test In those areas where corona patients have been found,
How long does it take for symptoms to appear?
When a person is infected with Coronavirus, it takes 2 to 14 days to understand the symptom. This also depends on the Immunity of the patient.
Is it necessary to wear masks?
Two types of people should wear masks: First, those Doctors and nurses who are taking care of a virus-infected patient should wear the masks. And the second, those people who are living in those areas where corona patients have been found should wear masks.
Will summer reduce this virus?
It’s difficult to say. Because Corona is spreading in those countries also where there are winter and summer.
Is there any probability that a person cured of novel coronavirus can get it again?
We have not seen such cases so far. Yet, if the person cured of novel coronavirus get it again, it will not be so effective.
How is social distancing good in country like India?
Self-distancing is the best way to combat COVID-19. Those doctors who are treating these people should make at least 6 feet of distance. Hand sanitizer is most essential. Where is the concern of social distancing, the tradition of the veil in Hindu society and Burka in Muslim society is coming from ages. Even the Jain Monks cover their mouths. Therefore, the tradition of social distancing is very much old in India. It is different that the world is adopting this in the wake of corona virus.
Is there any connection between non -vegetarian food and Coronavirus according to you?
There is no connection at all.
Compare to other nations, India is not so infected of this virous. What is the reason?
The most important thing is that initially when India got the information of coronavirus it had started preparation to fight this disease. Two things are very important to mention here, those developed countries who had the arrogance of being powerful were thinking that they cannot get infected of this. But see, how the whole of Europe is suffering badly because of this virus. They did not take precautionary measures on time, while we did this and took it seriously. Those countries we feared most of having virus from there, we stopped all flights coming from there. We commenced testing all passengers. Therefore, the government has done its job in a proper manner. Now it is the responsibility of the people to handle this carefully. People above sixty should stop stepping out of their home. Because once this virus reaches in high-density areas, it would be out of control. Here, it is worth mentioning that India has at least those hospitals which have the facility of 500 beds and ventilator. But this deadly disease has now reached to few poor countries which cannot sustain the treatments. However, Narendra Modi government and Health Minister Dr Harshwardhan deserve appreciation for their quick and early response fighting this disease.