Top doctors discuss COVID-19 second wave, explain why vaccine is important

Dr. Randeep Guleria said in his address, “Vaccine does not prevent from getting the infection. Therefore, everyone should maintain Covid appropriate behavior even after being vaccinated.”

Amid violent projection of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)cases in India, Delhi’s AIIMS’ director Dr. Randeep Guleria, Narayana Health’s chairman Dr. Devi Shetty and Medanta’s chairman Dr. Naresh Trehan clenched an address on Wednesday.

Dr. Randeep Guleria said in his address, “Vaccine does not prevent from getting the infection. Therefore, everyone should maintain Covid appropriate behavior even after being vaccinated.”

Guleria also told that there is no reason to panic. “We have to understand that there is no need to panic as the majority of people will recover by taking paracetamol and staying hydrated. Medicines are just for the very few critical cases,” Guleria said.

“If we work together, there will be no shortage of oxygen in any state whether it is Maharashtra, Delhi, or Chhattisgarh. Therefore, there is no need to hoard oxygen,” Guleria added.

Dr. Devi Shetty told in his address, “Check your oxygen level. Consult a doctor on time so that you can be treated on the right time.”

Dr. Naresh Trehan recapitulated the same like Dr. Devi Shetty, telling, “Very few per cent of people will require hospitalisation. But there will be a shortage of hospitals if we panic and become anxious about the pathway we have to follow.”

Dr. Trehan also praised the pharmaceutic industry and their benefaction for dealing with the second wave of COVID-19.

He added, “Only after a certain set of tests and symptoms, Remdesivir is to be used… It is not a ram-baan, it is only required in some cases.”

On the account of shortage of oxygen, Trehan told, “If you don’t need oxygen, don’t use it. Hospitals must ensure judicious use of oxygen and we have a collective responsibility to ensure the same.”

The address occurred when India faced 295,041 COVID-19 cases and 2,023 deaths during the last 24 hours being the highest from the beginning of the pandemic.

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