SRINAGAR — Experts on Wednesday said that the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 is yet to come in Jammu and Kashmir and it is expected to hit the region in the coming two to three weeks.
Former Director SKIMS, Chairman COVID-19 Advisory Committee and renowned gastroenterologist Dr Mohammad Sultan Khuroo while talking to KNO said that the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 is expected in the next three weeks and till then cases of fresh infections will continue to surge further.
He said that the fight against COVID-19 needs to be intensified and it shall take more efforts from the administration and public to control the surge given the pathogen which is more infectious and can cause breakthrough infections.
“Travel discipline to J&K needs to be implemented and all travellers who board a plane or a train/bus to visit/travel J&K must have a prior RT-PCR negative certificate,” Khuroo said.
“The test needs to be repeated at the entry point, at least by a Rapid Antigen Test. Those who are positive must be quarantined strictly to avoid the spread of infection,” he said.
Khuroo said that the testing and tracing policy should be intensified and made more realistic.
“Rapid testing should be limited to specific circumstances and the RT-PCR facility must be made more available and quicker,” he said. “Vaccine hesitancy needs to be fought and the vaccination program must be strengthened. This shall reduce infections and further mutations.”
Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) President and flu expert Dr Nisar Ul Hassan said that the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 is about to come in the next 15 days.
He said at least 3 per cent of patients who test positive for COVID-19 need hospitalisation and oxygen support.
“And if the cases continue to surge with the current speed, our hospitals won’t be able to cope up. In order to break the chain, there is a need to continue restrictions for these three months,” Hassan said.
“There is need to remain further cautious and not to lower the guard even if cases start declining,” he said, adding that fresh waves can come anytime and could be more deadly as most of the population is yet to be vaccinated.
Hassan said that the virus is behaving differently and the only predictability about this virus is that it is unpredictable.
Renowned pulmonologist Dr Khursheed said that situation is very severe and beds at most of the leading hospitals including Chest Diseases Hospital in Srinagar are full, while the peak of the wave is expected in the next three weeks.
“The need of the hour is that people must impose self lockdown and not wait for government lockdown so that we can make the chain weak,” Dr Khursheed said.
Khursheed said that it is a community transmission and there are hardly a few households who are yet to contract the virus and people must keep their movement restricted to their lawns.
“People must remain extra cautious and anyone having symptoms must get a test. There is no need to rush to the hospital if anyone comes positive as around 85 per cent positive patients need mild treatment and good hydration,” he said. (KNO)