How To Fight Coronavirus: Doctor Answers Queries About COVID-19NDTV speaks to Dr K K Aggarwal, Former President, Indian Medical Association to know all about coronavirus and how can one deal with it

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.

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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

19,78,31,904Cases
6,39,24,968Active
12,96,89,916Recovered
42,17,020Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,78,31,904 and 42,17,020 have died; 6,39,24,968 are active cases and 12,96,89,916 have recovered as on August 1, 2021 at 3:55 am.

India

3,16,55,824 41,831Cases
4,10,952 2,032Active
3,08,20,521 39,258Recovered
4,24,351 541Deaths
In India, there are 3,16,55,824 confirmed cases including 4,24,351 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,10,952 and 3,08,20,521 have recovered as on August 1, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

63,03,715 6,959

80,138 733

60,90,786 7,467

1,32,791 225

Kerala

33,90,761 20,624

1,65,011 3,679

32,08,969 16,865

16,781 80

Karnataka

29,05,124 1,987

23,820 318

28,44,742 1,632

36,562 37

Tamil Nadu

25,59,597 1,986

20,716 218

25,04,805 2,178

34,076 26

Andhra Pradesh

19,66,175 2,058

21,180 18

19,31,618 2,053

13,377 23

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,441 31

712 17

16,84,973 48

22,756

West Bengal

15,28,019 769

11,113 58

14,98,770 819

18,136 8

Delhi

14,36,265 58

581 1

14,10,631 56

25,053 1

Chhattisgarh

10,02,008 102

1,863 102

9,86,621 203

13,524 1

Odisha

9,77,268 1,578

14,538 389

9,56,828 1,899

5,902 68

Rajasthan

9,53,667 17

248 6

9,44,465 22

8,954 1

Gujarat

8,24,877 27

252 8

8,14,549 35

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,828 22

122 1

7,81,193 21

10,513

Haryana

7,69,913 29

712 0

7,59,566 27

9,635 2

Bihar

7,24,835 44

457 1

7,14,735 45

9,643

Telangana

6,44,951 621

9,069 72

6,32,080 691

3,802 2

Punjab

5,99,104 51

534 10

5,82,277 60

16,293 1

Assam

5,66,198 989

13,322 510

5,47,616 1,480

5,260 19

Jharkhand

3,47,173 36

252 8

3,41,793 44

5,128

Uttarakhand

3,42,139 116

632 13

3,34,145 129

7,362

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,462 118

1,176 5

3,15,908 113

4,378

Himachal Pradesh

2,06,027 153

1,217 80

2,01,289 72

3,521 1

Goa

1,71,146 94

1,058 35

1,66,941 128

3,147 1

Puducherry

1,20,915 100

962 17

1,18,158 115

1,795 2

Manipur

98,499 801

10,540 195

86,403 981

1,556 15

Tripura

78,583 222

3,482 2

74,346 224

755

Meghalaya

65,000 686

5,966 175

57,949 499

1,085 12

Chandigarh

61,953 1

31 5

61,111 5

811 1

Arunachal Pradesh

48,122 266

3,954 188

43,939 451

229 3

Mizoram

38,925 861

12,388 213

26,387 643

150 5

Nagaland

27,872 159

1,329 55

25,977 99

566 5

Sikkim

26,548 237

3,400 98

22,804 137

344 2

Ladakh

20,338 10

56 6

20,075 4

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,650 6

29 1

10,617 7

4

Lakshadweep

10,189 11

84 7

10,055 4

50

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,537 2

8 0

7,400 2

129

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