Effective Anti-Covid Therapy Not Available Yet: Expert

Dr Rakesh Kumar Koul

Srinagar: As Jammu and Kashmir continues to grapple with deadly pandemic, a senior medical practitioner on Friday said that the effective anti- coronavirus therapy was not available yet and that the people should take Covid protocol seriously, which includes wearing of masks, maintaining physical distance and disinfecting contaminated hands frequently.

Dr Rakesh Kumar Koul, Professor, Medicine, SMHS, Srinagar said Friday that precautions and vaccination were the only defence line against infection and that the people should consult a physician soon after noticing Covid symptoms.

He said that humanity has been struggling with Covid pandemic for one and a half years now and all efforts are being made to bring life back on the track of normalcy and overcome the challenges posed by the virus particularly in the wake of the second coronavirus wave and the surge in positive cases.

“As viruses have eclipsed the health sector in both developed and developing countries, many countries have gone back to the basic planning and strategizing as to how to undertake manufacturing of vaccines on a mass scale. Having done that, the stocks are getting diminished due to huge demand and consumption,” he said, while emphasizing on following the precautions and Covid appropriate behaviour for remaining safe from the deadly infection.

He also called for getting vaccinated to increase the defence mechanism of the body against virus.

However, he said that effective anti-Corona virus therapy is not available yet, so people should take Covid protocol seriously which includes wearing masks, maintaining physical distance and disinfecting contaminated hands frequently.

While describing and enumerating the common symptoms of the infection like cold, cough, sore throat, loss of smell and taste, loose motion, body aching, chest pain and breathlessness, Dr Koul advised to consult doctors as soon as these symptoms are noticed by an individual.

He also suggested continuous monitoring of oxygen saturation of family members at home, which according to him should not recede below 92 percent. In case of decrease in oxygen saturation, below 92 percent, the person should be admitted to a hospital.

Dr Koul further said that physical distance and pandemic has created mental stress among people which according to him can be overcome through virtual interaction and communication with friends, family and other colleagues.

While advising people to stay indoors and avoid venturing out aimlessly, Dr Koul asked people to keep perseverance and patience till the worst spell of Covid is over.

Besides, he said everybody should get tested for Covid by RAT or RTPCR test to clear any confusion regarding symptoms.

“Covid test will clarify presence of infection in an individual,” he added.

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