New Delhi: K VijayRaghavan, The principal scientific adviser to the government, on Saturday, said there are three things people need to swear by, irrespective of their vaccination. He said while masks and maintaining physical distance have been urged to followed by medical experts and Centre ever since the onset of the pandemic, people need to understand the importance of ventilation.
"These interventions are also immediately critical for lowering pressures on the healthcare system, during this surge. Adherence essential at the personal and community levels. By all," he said.
Dr VijayRaghavan had recently said that a third wave of the pandemic is inevitable. However, it can be resisted if country takes adequate measures for prevention, he had added. The virus spreads when there is the availability of vulnerable population — people who are not vaccinated, people who do not have antibodies and people who are not adhering to Covid appropriate behaviour, he explained.
Transmission of the virus cannot be calculated on the mutation of the virus strain, he said, while adding that not taking precaution will definitely expose people to the infection.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday said India's Covid-19 crisis remains hugely concerning for people all over the world.
"COVID-19 has already cost more than 3.3 million lives and we're on track for the second year of this pandemic to be far more deadly than the first," Tedros said.
However, it's not only India that has emergency needs, he added. Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Egypt are just some of the countries that have witnessed steep rise in daily number of cases.
Meanwhile, in a positive outlook, India on Friday crossed the significant landmark of vaccinating 18 crore doses since the beginning of the vaccination drive from January 16