Strong preventive measures can halt the spread of coronavirus

Published: Sat 14 Mar 2020, 9:29 PM

Last updated: Sat 14 Mar 2020, 11:30 PM

The governments should be congratulated for taking strong measures to prevent further spread of the deadly covid-19 virus in their countries. The Director General of World Health organization has declared Covid-19 a global pandemic. It is spreading worldwide and has caused panic globally, spreading to 116 countries, infecting over 147,700 people and claiming more than 5,500 lives.
The Covid-19 virus infects people of all the ages. Hence, the best course of action is to cut the transmission chain of spread of this deadly virus. The main carriers of coronavirus are people travelling via international flights. We need to take stringent precautionary measures at international airports and in flights. Other measures necessary right now include a ban on big gatherings, closing down of cinema halls and schools. In order to be safe, people need to wash their hands on a regular basis, greet friends/guests without shaking hands.
If the cases of coronavirus rises exponentially in India, it could put the healthcare system under strain as the poor are totally dependent on government hospitals. India might not be able to provide large number of isolation wards and ventilators.
- Ramesh G. Jethwani, Bengaluru, India

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