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COVID-19 threat during winter: Next 3 months critical for Nagaland- H&FW

COVID-19 threat during winter: Next 3 months critical for Nagaland- H&FW
(Safety measures issued by H&FW department)

Kohima, October 25 (NEx): The department of Health and Family Welfare, Integrated Disease Surveillance Program Kohima, in its weekly bulletin stated that the next three winter months will be absolutely critical for the state in
determining the fate of the COVID-19 pandemic and urged the citizens to follow the 3 W’s (wear mask, wash hands and watch distance) and avoid the 3C’s (crowded places, close contact settings and confined or enclosed spaces).

41.5 million people have been infected across the globe with more than 1.1 million deaths as of this week. Europe is battling a second wave as winter arrives with the number of cases reported surpassing the peak in April. All major pandemics saw a second wave after around 6 months which coincides with the upcoming winter months. Countries are preparing for the expected winter wave as many regions go for more stringent measures though some decline has been seen in the region of the Americas and South East Asia, reports the IDSP, Kohima.

Respiratory viruses thrive better in cold weather and low humidity conditions generally. Some laboratory experiments have shown SARS COV 2 Virus favours cold and dry conditions. Europe is already witnessing the second wave with the arrival of winter and this time with more infections in the old.

Weddings, festivals and social gatherings during winter along with indoor crowding and compromised natural ventilation are extremely high-risk settings. Movement of people from outside the state and from urban to rural areas during the festive season pose high risk for spread of cases beyond the urban areas. Additional restrictions and strict enforcement of SOPs will be needed to control the spread, it said.

The department further said that this is a crucial time for the state to enforce all SOPs strictly and immediately. It also implored the citizens to follow the 3 W’s (wear mask, wash hands and watch distance) and avoid the 3C’s (crowded places, close contact settings and confined or enclosed spaces), or the state may even see total lockdowns imposed again in the event of an uncontrolled spread.

Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom also urged everyone to strictly follow Government’s guidelines and safety protocols.