Hyderabad: A resurgence of Covid-19 in Telangana has been warned by the State Health wing, if individuals ignore basic safety protocols for coronavirus. Don't be under the assumption that the SARS-CoV-2 has vanished only because the Covid-19 cases have descended across the state. "There is every risk that if people are not careful, Telangana will be struck by a second wave of Covid-19," officials from the Department of Public Health warned.
"The SARS-CoV-2 virus is very much in our midst and is not under the assumption that it has disappeared. For Telangana, the next two to three months are critical and the general public must remain vigilant, which was the case during the lockdown," health officials said. "If the general public is not vigilant and disregards safety laws, SARS-CoV-2 will strike back." During a review meeting with senior officials from Health, Medical and Family Welfare and Panchayat Raj, Director of Public Health Dr G Srinivasa Rao said that extensive use of masks outside, maintaining physical distance, avoiding mass meetings at any cost and sanitising of hands must be continued at all costs.
Senior health officials encouraged people to benefit from the experiences of the second wave of Covid-19 experienced by the European Union and the United States. "We believe that the local community has completely ignored the safety guidelines in these countries , especially the use of masks. That's why the EU and the United States are seeing a second surge. There is a need for cooperation from the general public," said Dr Srinivasa Rao.
State health officials are working with other agencies to raise awareness of the widespread use of masks and to obey other safety guidelines in order to plan for a potential second wave. Covid-19 symptoms appear to coincide with seasonal influenza and viral fever, which makes it mandatory for individuals with those symptoms to be screened for Covid-19, officials said. "The Health Department will increase the number of Covid tests daily to tackle the possibility of a second wave. The testing centres will work overtime, and even during holidays and weekends, Covid tests will be available. The number of test centres and isolation facilities for Covid-positive patients will continue to increase if necessary," officials said.