“We need to learn to live with the COVID-19 virus”

We can’t but live with the virus. A number of diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya once came never returned and over a period people have got acclimatized to the conditions, says Dr KK Aggarwal

Dr KK Aggarwal (File Photo/ Courtesy: social media)
Dr KK Aggarwal (File Photo/ Courtesy: social media)
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Syed Wajid

Despite various efforts to fight the Coronavirus pandemic, the danger staring hard in the face is far from over. There has been a marginal dip in cases being reported within the city of Delhi every day. Mortality rate also has plummeted a little, recovery rate has risen as many admitted to hospitals are returning home. Despite all this, the panic is lurking around. But senior doctor KK Aggarwal says that we need not panic. Instead we need to learn to live with the virus.

“We can't but live with the virus. A number of diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya once came never returned and over a period people have got acclimatized to the conditions; so will be the case with coronavirus," Padma Shri Dr K K Aggarwal an eminent cardiologist averred. In an interview, the former National President of IMA throws light on various aspects related to COVID-19

Are we witnessing peak of the COVID-19 infection in Delhi?

I don’t think that corona is peaking in Delhi. It is passing through different phases and we are at stage four.

Do you think it is going to ebb in days to come?

No, it is not going to subside, instead you will have to live with it. It is the new normal. The cases vary from city to city depending on its density and other conditions, the cases have thinned in Delhi.

Who are more susceptible?

Every one of us may fall prey to the deadly virus. However, it depends on how you carry yourself, how your immunity fights back the attack. Above all, those who are already battling with one disease or other are more likely to get infection. Elderly above the age of 60 are more vulnerable.

What precautions must be taken to stay on the safer side?

Avoid crowded places, cover your face by wearing a mask and keep washing or sanitizing your hands at a regular interval particularly when going to eat or coming home from outside. If you spend a good deal of time with a person already infected, chances are high. Make sure that there is adequate cross ventilation while sitting with a number of people.

How can an asymptomatic carrier be identified?

There may be symptoms even if it is not related to pulmonary disorder and others like fatigue, dry cough, pains etcetera. Other signs may include diarrhea, headache, loss of taste followed by mild fever.

Do you have cases of corona in kids?

There are fewer cases of kids diagnosed with corona positive and they recovered over a period of time.

How does the virus catch small kids?

It travels in through human transmission more categorically I would say from parents and other infected family members.

There is a panic about those small kids who fall ill too frequently, how do you assess it?

Why panic? There are cases where kids may suffer a stroke of a weather shift, which should not be associated with COVID-19 at all. Children may have a high fever for a couple of days then it abates itself. It is not corona.

What is your take on post recovery condition COVID-19 patients?

There may occur numerous complications post recovery. to keep the body mechanism under control the patient is administered steroids to balance the equation which may further result in other complications even affecting blood pressure. This has been found in both kids and adults.

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