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JAMMU: Counseling people not to panic and to maintain their calm and composure in the wake of second wave of COVID-19, noted neurologist of north India Dr Sushil Razdan has questioned the rationale behind night curfew, saying there was actually no need of such a measure, as normal activities come to halt during nights.“Why night curfews when it is already as good as lockdown”, Dr Razdan said during his media interactions that have gone viral on social media, adding that the best way to combat virus is to avoid gatherings, use masks and maintain social distancing. He asserted that 99 per cent patients testing positive could get well by isolating themselves and taking treatment at home for the medical conditions like cough, bad-cold, fever etc by consulting medical practitioners. By isolating themselves, the positive cases can contain the spread in a big way, he maintained.The doctor said, “Everybody does not need to rush to hospitals unless the medical condition is serious. Heavy load on medical facilities will deprive the seriously ill, who actually require hospitalization. Scare should not lead the infected people to rush to the hospitals”He also called for involvement of doctors of every discipline and specialization to counsel the patients in their localities.Exuding optimism about life becoming normal again, the renowned neurologist, however, cautioned against lowering the guard and stressed the need for adopting COVID appropriate behaviour. The people should also adopt a positive and healthy life style during these times in terms of spending more of their time in ventilated spaces, lawns and verandas of their homes rather than getting confined to unventilated spaces, he advised while emphasizing on not lowering the guard.It is because of complacency among the people over the past few months that the virus has spread on a fast pace. They had almost forgotten about the infection and started behaving like normal times. This complacency has certainly been one of the major factors responsible for spike in cases, he said.Taking cue from his vast experience as a clinician, Dr. Razdan said that those recovering from infection have been leading completely normal lives. There may be some psychological issues which can be tackled by remaining positive, he said.He elaborated that 99 per cent infected people are going to get well. The hospitals should avoid admitting patients without a referral from a local government or private physician. With over-crowding of the hospitals we are actually denying the remaining one per cent the vital chance of being treated at a hospital which is most important for such cases,” Dr. Razdan said.Dr. Razdan said that it might sound too optimistic, but the fact is that 99 per cent of the infected people will get well irrespective of whether they are treated at a specialised facility or not.“Not everyone among the Covid positive patients needs specialised attention. The vast majority of the positive cases will get well anyway. I am not trying to be unprofessionally optimistic. I say so because our experience of dealing with Covid-19 has taught us that to panic and run to the hospital is not needed at all,” he added.On vaccination, Dr Sushil Razdan expressed his disagreement with the world health bodies about inoculating the elderly people first. He opined that the most vulnerable communities like younger people should have been given the jab first, who move around the most and could be spreaders. He questioned the rationale behind vaccinating an elderly person who does not move out of his or her home precincts and thus carries little risk of getting infected. On the other hand, younger and active ones move out quite often and thus could be risk to their elders too back home. They should have been the targeted segments to get inoculated first. He said instead of remote villages, which seldom have any COVID cases, the priority should be on metropolsis, cities and towns which are congested and attract lot of activities. The people there are more vulnerable and hence should get inoculated first.On vaccination hesitancy, Dr Sushil Razdan advised the people not to nurture any apprehensions as all the vaccines are good enough, as certified by reputed medical journals across the world which have decades long credibility in medical advancement.On side-effects of the vaccination, Dr Sushil Razan said that the people should believe in science. The best persons to say about science are the doctors. They should believe them and not the rumours. Science is a dynamic process which keeps changing. He said the apprehensions about the vaccination are generally unfounded. He said in rare of rare cases there can be any side-effect, like blood clots developing in two to three persons of the 15 lakh people inoculated. He said vaccination gives protection against the virus upto 90-85 percent.Asked as to what would be his message to the people presently infected with Covid-19, Dr. Razdan smiled, “Don’t panic, just relax. I can bet one to ten that they will get well. During last one year of scientific evaluation two facts have emerged, vaccine and mask are two tools which protect and prevent”.
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