AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria, Medanta chairman Dr Naresh Trehan, Professor & HoD of Medicine AIIMS Dr Naveet Wig and director general Health Services Dr Sunil Kumar addressed issues related to the Covid situation in India and suggested measures that people should adopt amid the second wave.
Here are the key messages from the top medical experts-
Director AIIMS Delhi, Dr Randeep Guleria
– It’s (Covid) mild infection and in only 10-15% of people it gets serious.
– Saturation above 90 in blood, is fine and there’s no need for extra Oxygen.
– Remdesivir not a magic bullet, it’s given to only patients who are hospitalised, have moderate to severe disease and whose oxygen saturation is below 93.
Chairman Medanta Dr Naresh Trehan
– As soon as your RT-PCR report comes positive, my advice would be to consult your local doctor with whom you’re in touch.
– All doctors know protocol & will begin your treatment accordingly.
Professor & HoD of Medicine AIIMS Dr Naveet Wig
– If we’ve to defeat the disease, we’ll have to save healthcare workers.
– Many of healthcare workers are testing positive. If we save healthcare workers, they’ll be able to save patients. If we save both, only then will we be able to save economy. It’s linked.
– To link all of this we will have to break the chain, we will have to bring down the number of patients.
– Our only goal should be to break the chain.
– All dist officials must monitor the district’s positivity rate & aim to keep it below 1-5%. Mumbai had 26% positivity rate at one point but after severe restrictions, it came down to 14%. Delhi is struggling at 30%. We must impose strict restrictions.
Director General Health Services Dr Sunil Kumar
– 2020 brought a new virus & we weren’t prepared. GoI carried its duty responsibly and ramped up testing capability.
– We must have faith that our govt takes concrete and scientific steps with suggestions from doctors, microbiologists, epidemiologists
– Don’t focus so much on news, watch only select news. There is a WhatsApp university going on. Don’t pay attention to it. Follow responsible behaviour. This behaviour has to be followed by you, doctors, society as well as the media
– There has been a lot of rumour-mongering around vaccines. There is no serious side-effect attached to them, rather it’s negligible. Vaccine & Covid appropriate behaviour are two things that will help us break the chain