Covid-19: Expert Warns Against Dangerous, Fatal 3rd Wave

Srinagar: Asserting that the second wave of coronavirus has diminished to a larger extent in wake of decreasing number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior medical expert on Thursday said that lowering guard against the deadly disease poses serious threat and lay the base for predicted third wave.

Professor and Head, Community Medicine, GMC, Srinagar, Dr Mohammad Saleem Khan said Thursday that the decrease in positive cases and the number of Covid deaths was an encouraging indication of winning the fight against the second wave of the pandemic.

However, Dr Khan cautioned that the decline of second wave has resulted in non-seriousness among people towards Covid Appropriate Behavior (CAB), adherence to SOPs particularly wearing of masks and physical distancing, adding that such behaviour poses serious threat of third wave of Coronavirus.

"The third wave of Covid is highly dangerous, fatal and can take a heavy toll of lives", he warned, and suggested that in order to keep the impact of the third wave under control people need to follow previously fixed guidelines.

“Crowding the markets, health resorts and marriage ceremonies without wearing masks and no regard for social distance is unsolicited and unbecoming behavior,” he added.

He urged the people to act responsibly in every domain of life and social interaction in the interest and safety of their families and society.

While acknowledging that people mostly remained confined to homes for one and half year and are eager to start their normal life, Dr Khan said that people may go out to attend to their needs but strict adherence to CAB is needed to avoid possible third wave.

He also recommended and emphasized on the vaccination and termed it as a strong tool to fight against covid disease.

He said that vaccination of elderly people has been almost completed; now, all the individuals above 18 years should get themselves vaccinated.

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