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KT edit: We all are soldiers in war on virus

Filed on February 12, 2020 | Last updated on February 12, 2020 at 07.01 pm

The battle is not over yet and everyone is a soldier in it.

It is heartening to note that the UAE has enough stockpile of material and anti-viral medicines to face any situation vis-Ó-vis the ongoing monitoring of the coronavirus. Add to this the fact that a patient has recovered fully does reduce the fears and give comfort to all the residents. These developments and the announcement that anyone suspected of a possible infection will be fast tracked into having the test results within 24 hours only underscores the readiness of the authorities, their dedication to the resolution of the crisis and the smooth functioning of the medical infrastructure.

While there is this mild concern that diminishing returns might compel people to lower their guard, what is needed is personal vigilance and hygiene. Both are hand in hand until the virus can be contained, despite all the efforts of the government and the medical establishment much precious success is lost if we, the people, are careless. The battle is not over yet and everyone is a soldier in it. Wear the N95 masks if you work in a relatively vulnerable sector. Use hand sanitiser and avoid touching your face, an action that the average person makes at least 2,000 times a day.

Very often, our mind cannot absorb any more data and the synapses of the brain just burn out. Statistics become only figures and we begin to revert prematurely to old habits. With the coronoavirus having surpassed both the death toll and the number of cases from SARS it becomes vital that we keep at it and not detract from the official efforts. One of the major factors here is the need to be honest not only for the sake of our own health but for the sake of those around us. If a person feels certain symptoms are manifesting themselves and they echo even marginally the list for this virus go to the doctor. Do not self-medicate. And do not be afraid. The aim is to cure you and there is no stigma. If any, this is one scenario where each one of us has to keep the faith and work for the greater good.


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