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Karnataka Government Issues Advisory In Wake Of Detection Of New COVID Sub-Variant

The Karnataka health department has advised people with symptoms such as cough, cold and fever to get tested at nearest hospitals and isolate themselves till the results are out

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COVID scare: Karnataka Health department has asked people to observe festivities outdoors and avoid crowding indoors as far as possible

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has issued an advisory urging people to adhere to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour in view of newer sub-variants of Coronavirus being reported in neighbouring Maharashtra. The health department has also advised people with symptoms such as cough, cold and fever to get tested at nearest hospitals and isolate themselves till the results are out. The Commissionerate of Health and Family Welfare said,

In view of reporting newer sub-variants of Omicron BQ.1 (US variant) BA.2.3.20 apart from XBB, which is a recombinant of BA.2.75 and BJ.1 in Maharashtra and in the context of the ensuing festival season of Deepavali and Kannada Rajyothsava the following advisory is issued to General public.

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“Those with fever, cough, cold, sore throat, breathing difficulty should compulsorily get tested immediately at the nearest hospital or health centres (preferably Rapid Antigen Test, if negative then RT-PCR, and get self-isolated till the results are received,” the department said.

Those with breathing difficulties should seek urgent medical care, preferably in a hospital.

The advisory said,

Face masking while indoors, in places with air-conditioning, not well-ventilated areas, closed places, in crowds and in health facilities (N-95 / medical masks). It is very important that elderly and Co-morbid wear face masks in public areas.

The department has asked people to observe festivities outdoors and avoid crowding indoors as far as possible.

Further, those who are due for booster or precautionary dose of vaccination would need to get vaccinated.

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The advisory said,

It is important that those who are aged 60 years and above, and with co-morbidities (particularly not naturally infected previously) should get vaccinated early. Those who are immune-deficient and immunosuppressed, on renal dialysis, taking anticancer drugs, etc. are advised to get vaccinated on priority basis in consultation with their treating doctor.

The department said that the COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) like coughing and sneezing into folded elbows, use of tissues, hand kerchief, not to blow nose and spit in public areas, hand washing with soap and water, avoiding close contact with symptomatic persons should be followed.

In addition to the general advisory, the department has also asked people to use environment friendly “green crackers” in the larger interest of public health and safety.

The department has also asked the authorities concerned in the districts and municipal areas to ensure the compliance of the same

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