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“Social distancing is the best way to prevent this virus”

Updated: March 21, 2020 5:55 pm

“We are capable of handling China-like situation. But the most important thing is that we have very limited resources. So, if it increased, it would be very much difficult for us to

prevent this.  Hence, the best way is quarantine and educating people regarding this,” said Dr Narendra Saini, Chairman, Scientific Committee, Delhi Medical Council, in an interview to Ravi Mishra. Excerpts:

Who should get tested for novel coronavirus ?

All those persons who are having fever,  sore throat and breathing problem, along with that those people have history of coming from corona effected countries or they have been contact with corona patient in that countries, they will be getting tested.

 

How long does it take for symptoms to appear?

Some people gets the symptoms in 4 days. However, it takes maximum 14 days to appear.

 

Is it necessary to wear masks?

Not at all, mask is not required

for every person. It is only required for the patients who are having respiratory system. and those having cough should wear the mask.  Second it is neccesory for those who are contact with these coronavirus patients and those taking care of these patients.

 

Will summer or humidity be effective in eliminating this virus?

The study is going on in this regard. If I talk today, it is not going to make much difference.

How is social distancing good in a country like India where 135 crore population reside?

Social distancing is the best way to prevent this virus. People should maintain atleast 1 meter distance and avoid going in crowded places.

 

How long does the virus survive on surfaces?

Coronovirus may survive upto 4 days depebding on surface. On Steel and plastic, it may survive up to 4 to 5 days while on febric it survies around 24 hrs.

Is there any connection between non-vegetarian food and Coronavirus?

No doubt Coronavirus started from wild animal in China. But it is now only spreading in human, not animals. And Chane to now it is human to human transmission. Therefore, there is no connection between non-veg and coronavirus.

 

Compare to other nations, India is not so infected with this virus. What is the reason?

It is because the government took quick action and sealed the borders of neighbouring countries and started testing people coming from abroad which prevented the spread of the virus. However, situation is in under control when we have only some hundreds of patients.

 

Are we capable of handling China-like situation?

Yes, we are capable right now. But the most important thing is that we have very limited resources. But if it increased it would be very much difficult for us to prevent this.  So the best way is quarantine and educating people regarding this.

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