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Coronavirus Second Wave

Dr. Hira Tanveer

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Pakistan’s coronavirus outbreak is surging again with authorities imposing new “mini, smart lockdowns” to prevent a coronavirus second wave as winter approaches and Pakistanis increasingly flout social distancing and mask-wearing precautions.

Daily infection rates have, as of late, multiplied over counts recorded in August, with 615 new cases investigated October 14. In any event 6,600 Pakistanis have passed on from the infection, with another 518 patients right now in critical condition, as per government insights. The latest study by a leading blood diseases institute in Karachi suggests there is a slim chance of a second wave of the novel coronavirus in the country, further strengthening the government’s policy of reopening businesses.

The cross-sectional investigation led from May to July at the National Institute of Blood Diseases (NIBD) has been distributed by the Oxford University Press Journal of Public Health. Around one-third of Karachi’s industrial population developed immunity against Covid-19, which is still far from the sixty to seventy percent needed for herd immunity.
In addition, if we consider acquiring 60pc of seroprevalence in next couple of months, then herd immunity is not far from reality provided the antibodies did not decline with time.

The quantity of cases has dropped from almost 7,000 to just 400 or more day by day cases in the previous scarcely any months, with every day fatalities drifting in the single digits every day. Notwithstanding, the nation announced 722 new infection cases for Sept 17, following the resuming of schools prior this week. This is the most elevated figure in over a month.
The government is currently following a “mini, smart lockdown” strategy. Instead of closing entire streets or shopping centers, only houses or workplaces where infections are reported will be sealed.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that he dreaded the beginning of winter could prompt a second wave of the fatal Covid episode, cautioning individuals to utilize face covers out in the open to dodge a coronavirus second wave.

Subsequent to dealing with the main influx of Covid diseases, the administration should now get ready for the Coronavirus second wave. For its prior work, the Imran Khan government acquired recognition in the way the primary wave was managed. World Health Organization Chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom applauded the Pakistani government’s reaction against Covid and “recognized the positive trend of virus curtailment” in the country.

In an opinion piece in a British online paper as of late, Dr. Tedros praised Pakistan’s procedure saying that the nation conveyed the foundation developed over numerous years for polio to Covid. the country deployed the infrastructure built up over many years for polio to coronavirus. He also wrote that those community health workers who were trained to go door-to-door vaccinating children against polio have been redeployed and utilized for surveillance, contact tracing and care.

Earlier, Dr. Tedros had listed Pakistan among six countries from which the international community should learn how to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. The challenge was to impose restrictions in such a way that the economy was not unduly impacted. More importantly, that the daily-wage earners would not suffer unduly. his is something that had been accomplished to an enormous degree by the administration.

The question now is how prepared we are for the second wave. Pakistan has a weak healthcare system and is unable to effectively provide proper medical care to its millions. We have not been able to eliminate infectious diseases like tuberculosis, hepatitis and most importantly, polio. We do not have the resources or the infrastructure in place. Experts now say that even if a vaccine for coronavirus is available quickly, there are few immediate benefits for less developed countries like Pakistan.

It is time maybe for another round of measures. From public assistance messages to guaranteeing that individuals wear masks and follow SOPs in public spaces. For some, it appears to be that the Covid has been dispensed with in Pakistan. We have continued public social affairs and it is clear individuals are not following SOPs. This could have sweeping impacts in days to come.

SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes Covid-19, is a new type of coronavirus so there are still a lot of unknowns about it even after nine months of its discovery. We are not sure about its seasonality but some scientists looked at the first countries it affected and suggested that cold weather may facilitate its transmission. Then we learned about its spread in meat processing factories in the United States where temperatures are low and people work close together. However, we likewise observed its spread in nations with high temperatures and dampness. There is a need to see how this infection flourishes in cold and dry climate and what variables help its transmission in nations with hot temperatures?

The world has paid a heavy price for ignoring the discipline of public health and being unprepared for a pandemic which was expected. Reported deaths due to Covid-19 are close to a million and everyone agrees this number is underreported. In many countries, deaths due to Covid-19 have surpassed mortality rates of many other diseases. With more than 34 million reported cases worldwide, the rate of increase in new cases and daily reported deaths have slightly declined. The world has now more access to Covid-19 laboratory testing and milder cases are being identified. Our clinical care staff now has experience and guidance on how best to treat a patient.

If you or someone you know is showing symptoms of the coronavirus, it is important that you get in touch with the best general physician in Karachi, Islamabad or Lahore. You can book a virtual appointment via oladoc.com or call our helpline at 021-38140600

Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Hira Tanveer - Author Dr. Hira Tanveer is an MBBS doctor and currently serving at CMH Lahore. Writing is her favorite hobby as she loves to share professional advice on trendy healthcare issues, general well-being, healthy diet, and lifestyle.
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