The Union’s Ministry of Health is expected to issue guidelines and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for further opening up of economic activities, keeping in mind the progression of the disease, as India plans to further ease restrictions in non-containment areas.
“The guidelines will require a great deal of detail and customization to ensure that they are clearly understood, adopted and practiced on a large scale. The key to keeping the numbers from growing in the next few days will depend on universal acceptance and respect for physical distance, use of face coverings and hand washing, “said Vice Preeti Kumar -president, health system support, Public Health Foundation of India. (PHFI), a public-private partnership initiative.
Face covers are important, especially since social distancing is difficult in most public, commercial and work spaces in India, said Kumar. The country will need an effective and sustained mass public health campaign to inform and educate people about the need to use masks and to address the growing problem of stigma, myths and communication issues around the disease. highly infectious, she said.
“Because a large number of people will be asymptomatic or have a mild illness, their perception of the risk of this illness is low. It is essential that people understand that these precautions will help save their loved ones and others from getting sick, “said Kumar.
Meanwhile, the recovery rate from India is increasing even though the number of deaths is decreasing. The recovery rate in the country is gradually increasing and has reached 48.19% among patients of Covid-19, the Union’s Department of Health said on Monday. “The recovery rate on May 18 was 38.29%. As of May 3, it was 26.59%. As of April 15, it was 11.42%. In the past 24 hours, 4,835 covid-19 patients have been cured. So far, 91,818 patients have been cured of the disease, “said the government.
A steady decline can also be observed in the death rate in the country, according to the report. “The case fatality rate is 2.83%. On May 18, the fatality rate was 3.15%. On May 3, it was 3.25%. As of April 15, it was 3.30%. Currently, 93,322 active cases in the country are under active medical surveillance, “said the ministry.
However, there could be a spike in covid-19 cases in June and July, according to government officials and public health experts who said the country must be well prepared to handle the crisis.
“Keeping in mind that the number of cases in June and July would be higher, we should focus more on reducing deaths. Faculties of Medicine should start and postgraduate and junior faculty should be at the forefront of handling cases as well as teleconferences with senior faculty daily for each patient, “said Dr. Jugal Kishore, professor and head from the community medicine department of Safdarjung hospital.
While India and other countries are registering deaths of health care workers, the World Health Organization (WHO) has also requested data on their deaths.
“One of the tragedies of this pandemic has been its impact on HCWs – too many lives lost. We need to make sure they are protected and also that countries collect and report data on infections and deaths # COVID-19 among front line workers, “tweeted Soumya Swaminathan, WHO chief scientist.
“More tests will lead to more detection and a more strategic containment and mitigation strategy. You cannot fight a fire blindfolded. Local communities need to understand the risk factors and find solutions, “she said.