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Covid-19 likely to stay with us forever, says DAK

‘Like flu, it could become seasonal’

(Asian News Hub) – Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Friday said Covid-19 could stay with us forever.

“Covid-19 pandemic would end at some point, but the virus will continue to circulate in the human population,” said DAK President and influenza expert Dr Nisar ul Hassan.

“Covid-19 will become yet another infection joining many other diseases that humanity has learned to live with.”

“We will probably be living with this virus for rest of our lives,” he said.

“But the impact of the virus in terms of deaths, illness and the need for social isolation will lessen.”

“Cases will wax and wane over time,” DAK President said.  “Outbreaks will pop up here and there.”

“One of the reasons to believe that Covid-19 will be around forever is that the virus is constantly changing and adapting to challenges,” he said.

“The existence of animal reservoirs that can keep reinfecting humans is another reason why virus is not going to go away.”

“Over time we may end up with a situation similar to the flu or common cold,” Dr Nisar said.

“Like flu, Covid-19 could eventually become a seasonal illness.”

“The 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic could offer a clue about the course of Covid-19,” he said.

“The H1N1 pandemic was over in about 16 months, but the virus did not disappear. Instead it has turned into a seasonal flu strain that circulates all years, and peaks during winter.”

“Covid-19 could ultimately become another seasonal respiratory virus, like the four other coronaviruses that cause a sizeable proportion of common colds,” Dr Nisar said.

“Covid-19 is still in a pandemic phase because infections continue to increase across the globe and many people are still susceptible.”

“Vaccination is critical to end the pandemic phase of the virus,” he said.

“When enough people will get vaccination against the virus, and that too quickly we may see an end to the pandemic soon.”

“Even with vaccination, virus is going to stay around and cause smaller outbreaks, much like seasonal flu.

And, we may need booster shots of Covid-19 vaccine on regular basis to maintain immunization over time,” said Dr Nisar.

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COVID-19 affects youngsters badly, situation alarming: Dr Saleem Khan

(Asian News Hub) – Dr Saleem Khan, Nodal Officer for COVID-19 and HoD Social and Preventive Medicine, GMC Srinagar, Monday said the situation has turned alarming as the younger generation has been badly affected by COVID-19 in Kashmir.

Dr Khan said Jammu and Kashmir woud become Delhi in case people do not follow SOPs like wearing face masks, avoid social gatherings and maintain distance in letter and spirit.

He said viruses can never be stable as they keep on changing and might turn aggressive sometimes and sometimes become less effective.

DR Saleem said new strains of COVID-19 circulating in India are aggressive and virulent and increase its transmission manifold. He also claimed that the situation has turned alarming to the extent; COVID-19 has affected the young generation badly.

“It’s unfortunate that our young generation is worst hit by COVID-19. We seriously need to implement SOPs as the situation cannot be taken for granted. Its effect was very causal last year but the general population got badly affected this year,” Dr Saleem told the media.

He also warned people to be cautious and follow COVID-19 guidelines in letter and spirit so as to save themselves from falling prey to deadly virus.

He also advised people to get themselves vaccinated, COVID-19 cannot be taken lightly give its aggressive behavior since its outbreak in 2019.

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High time to take all precautions, we shouldn’t allow situation go out of control: Dr Naveed Nazir

Says over 100 beds available with oxygen facility at CD hospital almost full, have ventilators as backup, one more oxygen plant coming up this month; Covid vaccine prevents severity among patients

(Asian News Hub) – Kashmir’s top medico and the frontline Covid warrior Dr Naveed Nazir Monday said that it’s high time for the people to take all precautions to prevent the spread of Covid=19 pandemic and that the situation shouldn’t be allowed to go out of control.

Head of Department at Chest Diseases Hospital Dalgate, Srinagar, Dr Naveed said that the situation shouldn’t be allowed to go out of control and people should take all precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We had been stating that Covid is here and it has not gone away. One thing that needs to be hailed is that people have started following SoPs. There is hardly anyone who doesn’t wear a mask. This is a good sign,” he said, adding that “we must strictly follow SoPs and contain the situation.”

About the present position at CD hospital, one of the premier hospitals dealing with the Covid positive patients, Dr Naveed said that there are over 100 beds available for the virus affected patients and almost there is 90 per cent occupancy. “We are not admitting patients with mild symptoms and they are asked to go for home isolation. At present all our beds are almost full. We have oxygen facility at all the beds and have ventilators as a backup as well. We also have 50 more beds available as a backup at a nursing home,” the leading medico said. He said that all the cases admitted at CD hospital are severe cases who need oxygen and injectable.

Dr Naveed was speaking after attending a meeting convened by the SMC Mayor Junaid Matoo to take stock of the preparations to deal with the situation that has arisen after a huge spike in Covid positive cases in Kashmir. Over 1500 positive cases were reported in J&K UT on Sunday, highest in the past six months. He said that there is no shortage of oxygen in Srinagar and one more oxygen plant is coming up in the city this month.

Dr Naveed, who is a frontline Covid warrior, said that SMHS and other hospitals have also been designated as Covid hospitals “but people shouldn’t allow the situation to go out of control and stick to Covid protocols strictly.”

About the Covid vaccine, he said that there are some cases who have tested positive even after taking the Covid vaccine, but that is obvious as the vaccine takes at least three weeks to adjust in the body. “Its efficacy too isn’t 100 percent but it has surely helped to prevent the severity in the patients who test positive, which is significant. People must take Covid vaccines as it helps to prevent mortality,” he said.

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AstraZeneca could have COVID-19 vaccine against variant by end of 2021

(Asian News Hub) – A modified version of AstraZeneca’s (AZN.L) COVID-19 vaccine tailored to combat a coronavirus variant first documented in South Africa could be ready by the end of 2021, an AstraZeneca official in Austria said in an interview published on Sunday.

Sarah Walters, AstraZeneca’s Austria country manager, told the Kurier newspaper that studies, so far, indicating the existing AstraZeneca vaccine was less effective against the more infectious variant first documented in South Africa were “too small to draw final conclusions”.

“In the meantime, AstraZeneca and Oxford University have started on modifications to the vaccine for the South African variant and we expect it will be ready by the end of the year, should it be needed,” Walters told the Kurier.

Walters blamed challenges – including delivery delays for the AstraZeneca shot in the European Union – on the “complex process” of producing a vaccine, coupled with the extremely high demand arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

“We had to work without keeping a supply in reserve. As a result, we couldn’t make up for unexpected events,” she said. “We are confident that we will fulfill our commitment to deliver 300 million doses to the European Union this year.”

The Kurier interview did not directly address ongoing investigations into health concerns over the AstraZeneca shot. The EU has put a warning label on the vaccine over its possible linkage to extremely rare blood clots, Denmark has completely halted use of the vaccine and Britain has advised people under 30 to get another brand of vaccine.

Asked about “thousands” of people in Austria who are cancelling their appointments for AstraZeneca shots, Walters said the company’s plan was “to continue to transparently provide information about efficacy and safety to doctors, so that they can adequately inform people” of benefits and risks.

British and European Union medicine regulators have said that the overall benefits of using the vaccine outweigh any risks of rare clotting.

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