Precautions needed as COVID-19 surges in Pakistan
Dr. Farrukh Chishtie
Recent surges in COVID-19 across Pakistan requires precautions such as masks and social distancing to avoid any potential spread of the latest variant of the virus.
With a surge of 3.58% of COVID-19 in March 2023, authorities in Pakistan have released a nationwide alert. The National Institute of Health and National Command and Control Center have recommended wearing masks at crowded tightly enclosed spaces including healthcare facilities.
COVID-19 struck Pakistan in February 2020 when the country reported its first two cases of the virus in Karachi. Both cases were of individuals who had recently traveled to Iran, which was one of the early epicenters of the virus.
After the first cases were reported, the Pakistani government took immediate action to prevent the spread of the virus. The government suspended all international flights, closed schools, and implemented a lockdown in several cities to limit the movement of people.
Despite these measures, the number of cases continued to rise, and the government struggled to contain the spread of the virus. In June 2020, the government lifted many of the restrictions in an attempt to revive the economy, but the number of cases increased rapidly.
By the end of 2020, the country had reported over 500,000 cases and over 10,000 deaths. The healthcare system was overwhelmed, and hospitals were struggling to cope with the rising number of patients.
In early 2021, the government launched a vaccination campaign, starting with healthcare workers and the elderly. The campaign was slow at first, but it has since picked up pace, and the government has administered millions of doses of the vaccine.
As of March 2023, Pakistan has reported over 3 million cases and over 70,000 deaths. The country continues to face challenges in controlling the spread of the virus, but the vaccination campaign has provided hope for a return to normalcy in the coming months.
COVID-19 is a highly infectious respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is essential to follow some precautions. Here are some of the precautions that can help prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Get vaccinated: The COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective in preventing infection, severe illness, and death. It is recommended that everyone eligible for the vaccine should get vaccinated.
Wear a mask: Wearing a mask is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is important to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when you are in public places, around other people, or when you are in close proximity to others.
Wash your hands: Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is an effective way to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If soap and water are not available, you can use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Practice physical distancing: Stay at least 6 feet away from people who are not part of your household or your close contacts.
Stay home if you are sick: If you have symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath, stay home, and self-isolate.
Avoid large gatherings: Large gatherings increase the risk of transmission of COVID-19. Avoid large gatherings and crowded places as much as possible.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces: Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as doorknobs, light switches, and countertops, to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
It is important to remember that COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease, and the best way to prevent its spread is by following these precautions.