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Dr. Naresh Trehan on the prevention of coronavirus: “Do not shake hands, use disinfectants and spread awareness”


The coronavirus has begun to invade our personal space with a constant flow of news on our screens, from news channels, whatsapp messages to email notices. In the wake of fear, we speak exclusively with the leading cardiologist in India, Dr. Naresh Trehan, who says that we still don’t have the full understanding of the infection in India. “There could be many more cases we don’t even know. This could be just the tip of the iceberg.”

Speaking about widespread panic, Dr. Trehan said: “When someone asks me if they should worry or panic, I tell them that worrying is important, as it leads to awareness.” Advising people to take the necessary precautions, he asked people to take the following measures

Keep away from people who seem to be suffering from the flu and cold

The virus spreads through the drops of an infected person that spreads when he coughs, sneezes or laughs out loud. And these drops, once they land on a surface, can last a long period of time. “The moment you see symptoms in someone, however benign, it is a sufficient signal for you to stay away from that person. Maintaining a distance of 6 meters from an infected person can safeguard it. Therefore, be careful and practice your discretion when in contact with a seemingly infected person.

Don’t shake hands

Also, stop shaking hands and return to the traditional “Namaste”. It is one of the best ways to prohibit the spread of the virus.

Use disinfectants and practice hand hygiene

Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers that have an alcohol content of more than 70 percent and keep a mask for the moments when you see someone around you coughing or sneezing. Wash your hands frequently and don’t put your fingers in your eyes and mouth.

Avoid public spaces for fun.

You should try to avoid public spaces. Avoid traveling for fun. Only travel if it is inevitable.

Report suspicious cases

Not only for yourself, you also owe some responsibility to your environment. Tell if you find someone suspected of contracting the infection. Report the case and hurry them to the hospital for supportive treatment.

Will high temperatures help?

Dr. Trehan also highlighted the fact that most viruses die in extreme weather conditions, so once the temperature warms up, there is a high chance that he will die from his own death. “But this is more speculative for now.”

For the uninitiated, as with other respiratory diseases, infection with 2019-nCoV can cause mild symptoms that include a runny nose, sore throat, cough and fever. It can be more serious for some people and can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal. Older people and people with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) seem to be more vulnerable to becoming seriously ill with the virus.

While we report on the spread of the coronavirus in India, we must also emphasize that the need for caution should not lead to an atmosphere full of anxiety and fear. We support #CautionYesPanicNo

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