New Delhi: Amidst the rising cases of Covid-19 and people struggling nationwide for basic medical facilities, AIIMS Director along with other top doctors asked the people to not panic.
On Sunday, AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria along with Chairman of Medanta Hospitals Dr. Naresh Trehan, Dr. Naveet Wig, Head of Department of Medicine AIIMS, and Director of General Health Services, Dr. Sunil Kumar addressed issues related to the current covid pandemic. Dr. Guleria said that Covid-19 is a mild disease and the public should not panic.
Observing the situation of panic among people, Dr. Guleria said that the result of this panic is that people have started taking injections dose in their own houses, and stockpiling of the Remdesivir drug and oxygen cylinders have started. People have started storing them in case of future unavailability. This unnecessary panic has resulted in a shortage of supply.
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On further giving information, he mentioned that Covid-19 was nothing but a normal infection. Almost 80 to 90 percent of patients have been witnessed with normal symptoms like fever, cold, cough, body ache and in such cases, one does not need to get Remdesivir dose or other medicines at large number.
A normal small dose of medicines along with home remedies and exercises are sufficient enough to get back to normal. Even though it might take a time span of 7-10 days, one need not store Remdesivir or oxygen cylinder at home.
The AIIMS Director informed that apart from these normal infected people, 10-15 percent of people witness severe infection and may need extra medicines like Remdesivir, oxygen, or plasma. A count of less than 5 percent of patients needs to be operated on and kept under the surveillance of ventilator.
On seeing the data, it is clear that the situation does not need to get panic, he said. Also, he informed the people that if a person gets his/ her report as Covid-19 positive, there is no need to rush to the hospital or get medical oxygen supplies. The belief is wrong and will create an unnecessary oxygen shortage. It needs to be understood that covid-19 is a mild disease and the chances of cases getting severe are 10-15 percent.
Medanta chairman Dr. Trehan added to the above by saying that almost 90 percent of covid affected patients can recover in home isolation if provided with prescribed medicines in time. He advised people to contact the local doctor and begin their treatment accordingly.
India currently is going through a new variant wave of Covid and has been registering more than 3 lakh new active cases every day.