Unlock: Time to implement lessons learnt during lockdowns

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JAMMU: Registrar Medicine, GMC Jammu, Dr Somnath Verma has requested the public to not forget Covid appropriate behavior during the subsequent ‘Unlock’ of the markets and other economic activities.

 ‘It is natural that more people would come out in public in the upcoming days, and it calls for strict observance of Covid appropriate behaviour on each individual level’, said the Registrar.

Dr Verma said, ‘It is time we implemented the lessons learnt during the two major lockdowns implemented over the past one year. If only we continue observing Covid appropriate behaviour, then only we can expect to take up the challenge and stop the supposedly third wave of the pandemic’.

‘The second wave has taught us that each subsequent wave is more infectious and transmissible than its predecessor. We are yet to vaccinate a number of people and till the time the target is achieved, we must observe Covid appropriate behaviour’, he continued.

Suggesting that a lot needs to be done with respect to Covid mitigation measures, Dr Verma said, ‘So far, the Covid positivity rate is near about 10 percent nationwide. Unless the rate is reduced further to 5 percent, there is no reason to become carefree’.

Dr Verma also requested eligible members of the public to get vaccinated according to available time slots. He says, ‘As we vaccinate more and more members of the public, we can expect the herd immunity to rise’.

Sharing his personal experience as a frontline worker against Covid, Dr Verma told that ‘Most of our frontline colleagues got infected with the virus at some point over the past year. It is only due to the vaccine that we were able to prevent fatalities and effortlessly recover from the infection’.

It is pertinent to mention that all Covid-related queries and doubts can be cleared on helpline number 0191 2571616. Public can also call the Divisional Control Room at 0191-2520982, 2549676, 2674444, 2674115, 2674908.

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