How India should fight the coronavirus | Editorial HT – editorials
India should rapidly increase preparation in anticipation of an infection group after two new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) were confirmed, one in Delhi and Hyderabad. Both people interacted without protection with their families, friends, colleagues and classmates of their children. The highly contagious Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19, is transmitted primarily through respiratory droplets and close contact with infected people. Since both new cases develop symptoms several days after being infected in Italy and Dubai, the chances of inadvertently infecting many others are high.
With a long incubation period of 14 days and a high capacity for survival in the environment, the virus is much more dangerous than influenza viruses such as H1N1, which survive on surfaces for two to eight hours. Infected people transmit the disease even when they themselves have no symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath), or have a very mild form of the disease, or develop symptoms late in the progression of the disease. This means that airports that control passengers in affected countries may, at best, delay, not stop, the spread of infection.
In a movement that recalls China’s secret and delay in reporting the Cobvid-19 outbreak, the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has banned hospital staff and health workers responsible for diagnosing and treating Covid. 19 of talking about the disease in an out of place effort to stop panic. It should, instead, become super transparent and share information to empower people to protect themselves. The secret feeds the conspiracy theories and generates panic. This is counterproductive to contain growing outbreaks that need confidence and active public participation in prevention, particularly through domestic quarantine, regular hand washing and cough hygiene. Public awareness, active surveillance for early detection and isolation of cases, rapid identification and daily monitoring of close contacts and clinical care have helped India isolate and cure three cases imported from Covid-19 in students of Kerala Now, with community transmission of the infection very likely, groups are likely to be informed. India must also rapidly increase its operational laboratories for rapid diagnosis, equip hospitals and train medical personnel for the isolation and treatment of infected people.