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How To Fight Coronavirus: Doctor Answers Queries About COVID-19

What is Coronavirus? What are the symptoms of coronavirus? All this and more answered by Dr K K Aggarwal, Former President, Indian Medical Association

How To Fight Coronavirus: Doctor Answers Queries About COVID-19

New Delhi: On Tuesday (March 17), a 64-year-old man died in Mumbai due to Coronavirus, taking the number of virus-linked deaths in the country to three. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of infected people reached 126 on Tuesday. Amid the growing concerns related to COVID-19, which has been termed as the Global Pandemic by the World Health Organisation last week, NDTV speaks to Dr K K Aggarwal, Former President, Indian Medical Association on queries related to Coronavirus and what one should really be doing at this crucial time.

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Q1: Since this is an unknown factor happening in our country, what should a common man do?

Dr K K Aggarwal: If India has mass clusters, India also has the capacity to follow precautions and in this case, there is only one single important step we all need to take  – if you are having a fever and cough, just wear a mask. Social distancing is only for people who are having a fever and cough, if all of us become conscious, we will be able to manage this virus and situation.

Q2. What are the symptoms for Coronavirus?


Dr K K Aggarwal: Coronavirus has flu-like symptoms and it is very important for each one of us to distinguish this novel virus from general cold, flu and allergies. If you have a simple cough – it is due to pollution. If you have a fever with cold, it is an allergy. If you have a fever with cold and cough then it is flu. But, if you are experiencing, fever with cough and breathlessness, then it is corona-like symptoms. As the virus spreads very easily, if people who have fever or cough, if they self-isolate themselves or wear a mask, 97 per cent of this situation can be cured.

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Q3. Can taking ayurvedic medicine like gomutra cure Coronavirus?

Dr K K Aggarwal: Whenever we go through any treatment, it should be time-tested and evidence-based. At this moment, the drug controller general of India has approved a few drugs that are used for HIV. The government has also said that they are giving anti-flu medicines in some cases of Coronavirus. Chloroquine is given and decided by doctors on an individual basis or cases. Regarding all the other therapies as on today, such as Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, we have evidence, from all over the world that these medicines are effective.

We cannot recommend general public on taking gomutra as there is no such evidence. Whenever there is an epidemic or pandemic, government standard protocol should be followed across the country. Moreover, in general, all patients who are at high risk such as elderly should take flu shots or pneumonia shots. As if by chance they develop corona, their immunity will become low as a result if they suffer from pneumonia during that period they won’t be able to take the load and therefore these shots are recommended.

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Q4. Should outside country travel be avoided or can one take the risk as a virus can be contaminated by travelling for work?

Dr K K Aggarwal: No, there is a difference in the risk. For example, air travel, your first risk is immigration where there are thousands of passengers. Then when you go on a plane, the risk is lower because of laminations and screenings. Take, for example, UAE, which in itself is a large country and they have only 60 cases but people coming from Dubai to India are developing the virus. So, are they developing in the country or at the airports? I feel airports are much riskier or dangerous than the country, as, at the airport, you get travellers and visitors from across the globe, so the risk is much high. Now, if you take a metro for work, you do carry a risk, but you are in it for 30 minutes or less, so the chances are much less. Precautions while travelling like wearing a mask and washing hands with soap and water or using hand sanitisers should always be taken when you are using public transport.

Also Read: Kerala Leads The Way In Fighting Novel Coronavirus, Here’s How Other States Can Follow

Q5. Are there any immunity boosters that you will recommend?

Dr K K Aggarwal: To fight any infection, everyone should eat combinations of seven colours and a healthy diet. It plays an important role in fighting any kind of diseases and building on an immunity.

Coronavirus Outbreak 

Coronavirus or COVID-19 that originated late last year in a food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan has now spread to 143 nations, according to the World Health Organiszation. Worldwide, over 5,000 have died, more than one lakh are infected. Across the globe, as precautionary measures, borders have been closed, restricting travel. Many countries have announced a lockdown, banning gatherings, shutting schools, colleges to name a few.

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World

24,15,50,353Cases
20,31,59,099Active
3,34,78,247Recovered
49,13,007Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,15,50,353 and 49,13,007 have died; 20,31,59,099 are active cases and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

3,41,08,996 14,623Cases
1,78,0985,020Active
3,34,78,247 19,446Recovered
4,52,651 197Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,08,996 confirmed cases including 4,52,651 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,78,098 and 3,34,78,247 have recovered as on October 20, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,94,820 1,638

30,408 1,202

64,24,547 2,791

1,39,865 49

Kerala

48,68,640 7,643

80,857 2,922

47,60,781 10,488

27,002 77

Karnataka

29,84,022 349

9,129 64

29,36,926 399

37,967 14

Tamil Nadu

26,89,463 1,179

14,326 244

26,39,209 1,407

35,928 16

Andhra Pradesh

20,61,287 483

5,654 55

20,41,316 534

14,317 4

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,047 11

118 5

16,87,031 16

22,898

West Bengal

15,81,946 726

7,428 12

15,55,520 705

18,998 9

Delhi

14,39,441 36

322 24

14,14,029 11

25,090 1

Odisha

10,35,973 556

4,281 66

10,23,398 618

8,294 4

Chhattisgarh

10,05,701 20

188 1

9,91,943 21

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,392

38 5

9,45,400 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,326 18

185 8

8,16,055 26

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,700 10

79 2

7,82,098 12

10,523

Haryana

7,71,101 9

126 0

7,60,926 9

10,049

Bihar

7,26,033 5

42 2

7,16,330 7

9,661

Telangana

6,69,365 202

3,940 11

6,61,484 190

3,941 1

Assam

6,07,119 353

3,585 124

5,97,577 229

5,957

Punjab

6,02,081 22

216 3

5,85,316 20

16,549 5

Jharkhand

3,48,461 17

128 3

3,43,198 14

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,765 6

175 1

3,36,193 7

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,221 84

803 13

3,25,990 97

4,428

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,826 222

1,348 78

2,16,751 142

3,727 2

Goa

1,77,659 80

620 20

1,73,685 56

3,354 4

Puducherry

1,27,479 55

490 33

1,25,137 86

1,852 2

Manipur

1,22,899 95

1,358 25

1,19,640 116

1,901 4

Mizoram

1,14,466 665

10,768 606

1,03,305 1,269

393 2

Tripura

84,349 6

102 11

83,431 17

816

Meghalaya

83,079 65

740 37

80,900 101

1,439 1

Chandigarh

65,310 4

25 1

64,465 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,031 17

145 0

54,606 17

280

Sikkim

31,783 27

181 16

31,210 10

392 1

Nagaland

31,641 14

247 5

30,718 18

676 1

Ladakh

20,883 2

34 0

20,641 2

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,676

4 0

10,668

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646 4

8 1

7,509 3

129

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    July 31, 2020 at 7:55 am

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