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Covid-19: Wear a mask even inside the house, warns the Center | India News

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NEW DELHI: Amid a rapid spread of Covid-19 cases, the Center on Monday advised people to wear masks even indoors, especially when using a common space, and also said that it is best not to invite visitors.
NITI Aayog member Dr. VK Paul, head of the government group on vaccinations, said: “It is time for people to start wearing masks also inside their homes, especially when everyone is sitting together.” He said mask protocol should definitely be followed if there is an isolated person due to Covid at home to reduce the risk of infection.
“In this situation, the masks are absolutely necessary, so don’t be turned off unnecessarily. Stay with the family. And also, even within the family, wear masks. Do not invite people inside the houses. There is an angle of transmissibility. We must protect ourselves and our family members to the best of our ability, ”Dr. Paul said at the weekly Covid briefing on Monday.
The government also highlighted that inappropriate use of masks and lack of physical distancing can increase the risk of transmission by 90%. He cited studies showing such risk with two people who do not wear a mask and fail to maintain adequate social distancing. The risk is reduced to 30% if the unaffected person wears a mask.
The government said studies show that an infected patient can end up transmitting the infection to 406 people in 30 days in the absence of physical distancing. The risk is reduced to infecting 2.5 people in 30 days if you follow physical distancing measures. The government also said that under current circumstances, people with Covid-19 symptoms should be treated as positive cases even if their RT-PCR status is negative or unavailable.
India recorded 3.52 lakh of Covid-19 cases on Sunday. This was the fifth day in a row that more than three lakhs of cases were recorded.
Amid concerns about negative RT-PCR test results despite Covid-19 symptoms, AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria said: “It can often happen that the RT-PCR test is negative because the sensitivity of the test is not 100%. In such situations, if the clinical symptoms are classic and there is a close contact that is positive, you should assume you have Covid. ”
He added that many hospitals have now created a Covid suspect room for patients who are waiting for a positive report but have symptoms. “The state of the pandemic being what it is, I think we have to treat these people as Covid patients,” he said. The government maintained that there is no shortage of test or diagnostic kits in the country.
The Center also emphasized the need to increase vaccination. “We cannot allow the rate of vaccination against COVID-19 to slow down or slow down in the face of the emerging situation. In fact, it should be intensified and with that intention the government of India presented a revised (vaccination) policy. We believe and are confident that it will bring more acceleration, ”said Paul.

Times of India

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