Maintain social distancing, wear masks to save yourselves from COVID-19: Experts   

Maintain social distancing, wear masks to save yourselves from COVID-19: Experts   

Afaq Bhat
Srinagar, June 28: People not taking enough precautions to keep themselves safe during the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic is a cause of worry.
“It’s unfortunate that people are not wearing masks and seem least bothered about maintaining social distance. This is not going to help anyone. People should understand that COVID-19 curve has not flattened yet. The virus is very much there and the number of positive cases is increasing with each passing day,” an analyst told Precious Kashmir.
President of Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan recently issued a statement highlighting the consequences of people not taking enough precautions. He warned that if people refrain from wearing masks and maintaining social distancing the second wave of the COVID-19 could prove deadly and people will have no one to blame except themselves.
An observer said, “Soon after the lockdown was lifted and the government decided to allow the markets to open people came out in large numbers. Markets remained crowded and one could see that the very idea of social distancing was missing. After the lockdown has been lifted many marriage ceremonies have been held. But people should bear in mind that holding gatherings can spell doom.”
He said, “During the lockdown period people observed an exemplary discipline and patience. They have to ensure that they don’t cross the line till the COVID-19 curve flattens. If they take it casually we can end up in a big mess. The COVID cases crossing 7000 mark in J&K and deaths nearing 100-mark are an indication that all is not well and things are bad.”
Another analyst said, “People in Kashmir should bear in mind that the masks and sanitizers are their protective gears. They themselves have to protect themselves from this deadly virus. No one from administration will come to help them. They have to help themselves to remain safe. If they don’t take precautions the number of cases can witness a spike and engulf the entire Valley within days. Being overconfident that nothing will happen can lead to a disaster.”
It’s in place to mention here that the medicos and experts are of the opinion that vaccine may not come so fast and the drugs which are claiming COVID cure should be withdrawn from the markets at the earliest. Recently the government asked Pitanjali—an Ayurvedic company owned by Baba Ramdev—to stop advertising the so-called COVID care drugs as till date no treatment has been found.