WORLD HEALTH DAY 2021: RISE IN COVID-19 DUE TO PUBLIC NEGLIGENCE

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World Health Day 2021: Let’s talk about how COVID-19 cases at rising in India. We all know the basic rules that must be followed during the pandemic. But, are we really taking it seriously and fighting towards COVID-19? Most of them tend to remain in crowds, party at pubs, attend public gatherings and so on, but, some of them miss out to wear masks, wash hands/sanitize and especially do not maintain social distance.

Cases rose from 11,107 (Feb. 15, 2021) to 37,223 (March 21, 2021) in just 35 days during the second surge. During the first wave, a significant increase took 37 days (June 16, 2020, to July 22, 2020).

 During the first outbreak of the pandemic, it took 108 days for the number of cases to rise from 8,000 on June 2, 2020, to 97,000 on September 17, 2020.

 Cases in the second wave rose from 8,000 on February 2, 2021, to 1,03,558 on April 5, 2021, in just 63 days.

The fun fact is that COVID-19 is increasing and the fear of the outbreak is decreasing.

India, the second-largest population in the world is suffering from COVID-19 second wave. It is said that the careless behaviour of people is leading to a rise in COVID 19 cases. Many people in India are not wearing masks and not using sanitizer. Most of us have taken the outbreak “casual and careless” which has led to the increase in COVID-19 cases.

Many experts have been cautioning about the big surge in the number of Covid cases if people continue to be negligible.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, and Kerala have registered nearly 80% of new Covid-19 cases in India’s second wave.

In this second wave, the mortality rate is comparatively lower. However, there is some uncertainty about the accuracy of the mortality figures, particularly as compared to those from 2020.

It’s high time for us to take the necessary precautions, like wearing masks outside daily and appropriately and avoiding crowded, poorly ventilated environments. Do not gather in large groups for long periods and so on.

The health department mentioned that one of the reasons for increasing COVID-19 was the reopening of schools, colleges and elections.

During the recent assembly polls held in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry; Assam and Bengal many of them broke the COVID-19 rules by not wearing masks and not maintaining the social distance.

On the account of ‘World Health Day’ let’s pledge to fight against COVID-19. Here are few basic tips to follow during the pandemic:

Wear a mask 

  • Everyone must and should wear a mask in public.
  • If anyone at your home is infected it is necessary to take precautions along with wearing masks to avoid the spread.
  • Mask should be worn over your nose and mouth and under your chin to keep it secure.
  • Slip the strings over your ears or tie the loops behind your head to protect the mask against both sides of your face.
  • If the mask doesn’t fit you might need to change your mask size or brand.
  • Make sure you can breathe easily while you are wearing the mask.

Maintain Social Distancing 

  • Avoid close contact among the people who are infected inside the house. Maintain distance. 
  • Maintain 6 feet ( about 2 arm lengths) of the distance between you and other people in the public.

Get Vaccinated

  • Get yourself COVID-19 vaccines which can help protect you from the virus.

Wash/ Sanitize your hands 

  • Try to wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds or sanitise your hands.
  • Try not to touch your face, eyes, nose, and mouth without washing your hands.

Monitor your symptoms every day

  • Keep checking for signs and symptoms of  COVID-19 that include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and so on.
  • Check your temperature if COVID-19 symptoms develop.

Reference:

https://scroll.in/article/990636/interview-india-is-facing-a-second-wave-of-coronavirus-because-it-let-its-guard-down-too-soon

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/west/health-experts-say-peoples-laxity-negligence-towards-protocol-led-to-maharashtra-covid-19-case-spike-953663.html

https://www.firstpost.com/health/mindful-take-care-coronavirus-outbreak-8239991.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

https://www.thehindu.com/data/how-quick-is-the-second-wave-of-covid-19-in-india/article34177852.ece

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https://www.indiatoday.in/coronavirus-outbreak/story/chennai-corporation-commissioner-warns-of-restrictions-post-election-due-to-rise-in-covid-19-cases-1786650-2021-04-03

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