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Coronavirus Scare: ‘Is The Novel Virus Airborne? Are Office ACs Safe? Doctors Answer

NDTV speaks with doctors to know their advice on Coronavirus and what precautions one should take at this crucial time

Coronavirus Scare: 'Is The Novel Virus Airborne? Are Office ACs Safe? Doctors Answer

New Delhi: Every day, India is seeing a spike in Coronavirus-related cases. On Wednesday, the total number of Coronavirus cases rose to 173 in the country, which is an increase of more than 18 cases in one day. Four people have already been reported dead, with the latest casualties reported from Punjab today (March 19) and Maharashtra on March 16 – the worst-hit state with 47 cases. Worldwide, more than 7,000 deaths have been reported and over 1 lakh, people are infected with the novel Coronavirus, according to the World Health Organisation that has been declared this a pandemic.

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With more and more cases being confirmed, people have started to panic. Amid all the concerns related to the virus, NDTV speaks with Dr Vivek Nangia, Pulmonologist, Fortis Hospital and Oncologist Dr Dodul Mondal, from Apollo Hospital on Coronavirus scare and why it is being advised to people to stay in the at home as a precautionary measure.

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Talking about if the virus is airborne and are office ACs safe in this point of time, Dr Vivek Gangia said,

We are living at a time when mostly all the outdoor spaces like offices, malls, gyms to name a few are equipped with centrally AC system, it is best to avoid going to such places. At the moment, this environment is risky as what happens is that in one room people are breathing in the same air, so if one person is infected, chances of others getting the infection are high as everyone is inhaling the same air.

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Highlighting the steps offices or spaces using central AC system should take, Dr Nangia added,

It is very important to follow a few basic things such as make sure the room’s doors are kept open so that there is better ventilation. Moreover, floors/tables and other things are cleaned every now and then with sanitiser. Lastly, as a habit, every person should maintain strict personal hygiene which means they wash hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitiser, regularly. If there are symptoms of cough, cold and fever, a person should simply avoid going out and wear a mask, if possible so that others are not getting infected.

Dr Dodul Mondal added,

Coronavirus is not in the air – it can only be passed from one person to another via droplets from coughs or sneezes, sometimes these droplets from one’s mouth are not even visible and can stay in the surface it touches for few hours with the virus. So, it becomes important to maintain hygiene and take all precautions.

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He further said “Travelling with family members in a closed car space with AC on is safe but if even one person has a cough, viral or cold symptoms, avoid travelling for long hours. As in the closed space, the air will be the same which will be inhaled by every person, so chances of virus spreading are more.”

World

24,00,62,413Cases
20,17,73,183Active
3,33,99,961Recovered
48,89,269Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,00,62,413 and 48,89,269 have died; 20,17,73,183 are active cases and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 4:08 am.

India

3,40,53,573 15,981Cases
2,01,6322,046Active
3,33,99,961 17,861Recovered
4,51,980 166Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,53,573 confirmed cases including 4,51,980 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,01,632 and 3,33,99,961 have recovered as on October 16, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,88,429 2,149

33,379 222

64,15,316 1,898

1,39,734 29

Kerala

48,38,811 8,867

95,349 1,072

47,16,728 9,872

26,734 67

Karnataka

29,82,869 470

9,700 93

29,35,238 368

37,931 9

Tamil Nadu

26,84,641 1,245

15,238 213

26,33,534 1,442

35,869 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,708 586

6,453 135

20,38,960 712

14,295 9

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,014 6

133 2

16,86,984 8

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,463 451

7,513 63

15,52,997 506

18,953 8

Delhi

14,39,337 26

327 10

14,13,921 36

25,089

Odisha

10,34,276 467

4,817 73

10,21,180 535

8,279 5

Chhattisgarh

10,05,624 10

197 6

9,91,857 16

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,383 1

40 2

9,45,389 3

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,258 14

212 3

8,15,960 17

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,675 6

106 5

7,82,046 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,049 14

116 11

7,60,884 3

10,049

Bihar

7,26,021 5

46 4

7,16,314 1

9,661

Telangana

6,68,722 104

4,056 115

6,60,730 218

3,936 1

Assam

6,05,944 97

3,458 188

5,96,547 284

5,939 1

Punjab

6,01,992 21

228 6

5,85,224 25

16,540 2

Jharkhand

3,48,415 9

130 0

3,43,150 9

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,739 10

179 4

3,36,163 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,885 51

895 40

3,25,564 91

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,203 90

1,361 26

2,16,125 114

3,717 2

Goa

1,77,410 54

648 31

1,73,423 81

3,339 4

Puducherry

1,27,296 37

611 36

1,24,836 73

1,849

Manipur

1,22,545 113

1,444 0

1,19,208 109

1,893 4

Mizoram

1,11,651 932

13,316 285

97,955 1,211

380 6

Tripura

84,299 4

102 8

83,381 12

816

Meghalaya

82,815 81

893 1

80,490 79

1,432 1

Chandigarh

65,297 2

30 2

64,447 4

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,964 6

183 19

54,501 25

280

Sikkim

31,739 17

189 35

31,159 51

391 1

Nagaland

31,547 31

228 2

30,645 32

674 1

Ladakh

20,871 4

42 2

20,621 6

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

1 1

10,313 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,641 1

9 1

7,503 2

129

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