As the novel coronavirus cases are taking a heavy toll on a daily basis, it is extremely important to maintain safety measures until a vaccine is ready. Wearing a face mask is one of the most operative ways to thwart the spread of the dread virus. Other important measures are practicing physical distancing and washing your hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer.
However, the use of a mask alone is insufficient to provide an adequate level of protection and other equally relevant measures should be adopted. If masks are to be used, this measure must be combined with hand hygiene and other IPC measures to prevent the human-to-human transmission of infection.
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Dr. Falak Qadir
Health Expert Dr Falak Qadir while talking to BOL News said that surgical masks should be used one at a time. She advised to discard single-use masks after each use and dispose of them immediately upon removal. Dr Falak Qadir emphasized on the use of mask while going out of home, may it be of any type as the main objective is to cover the respiratory system.
Renowned Scientist Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, during his conversation with BOL News said that Section 144 should be imposed on an immediate basis to curb the spread of the virus.
He also warned that the second wave will be a disaster if strict measures not implemented by the authorities.
Coronavirus Situation in Pakistan
Pakistan has reported 3795 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the national caseload tally to 420,294.
According to the COVID-19 Portal of Government, 37 more people died in the past 24 hours due to the dread virus. After new deaths, the death toll has hit 8398. As many as 1530 patients recovered from the disease in a single day. Overall 356,542 people have recovered from the deadly disease.
The total count of active cases is 55,354 and the positivity rate of COVID-19 cases reaches up to 9.7 per cent. Moreover, a total of 39,076 tests were administered across the country during this period. So far while 5,794,242 samples have been tested thus far.