By: Javaid Malik MK
Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has appealed to people who are coming out for the work and are in the markets to take all the required precautions to protect themselves and families from the spread of Omicron variant.
This appeal from the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has come close to the heels of detection of 5 cases of Omicron in Kashmir valley.
According to DAK statement “Simple precautions would help prevent the spread of the variant”.
Dr Hassan said people should continue wearing masks as they are effective at reducing the risk of contracting or spreading Covid-19 including Omicron.
“Masks act as barrier, trapping and filtering out virus particles from the air we breathe,” he said.
“If the infected person wears a mask, that reduces the risk of infection to those around them. If the uninfected person wears a mask, that reduces the risk of infection to them from the infected person,” he added.
The DAK President said people are advised to avoid crowding and gatherings.
“Crowding puts you at higher risk of getting Omicron and it increases the chances for the virus to spread in the community,” he said.
“If you are down with respiratory symptoms, self isolate and get tested,” said Dr Nisar.
“If your test turns positive, report to the health authorities for tracing your contacts,” he said adding contact tracing is an important tool to prevent the virus from spreading in the community.
General Secretary DAK Dr Arshad Ali said vaccine remains the single best tool against Covid-19 and its variants including Omicron.
“Fully vaccinated people have significant protection against Omicron infection, serious illness and death,” he said.
“Those who are unvaccinated should go and get it now. People who are eligible for boosters should take them as soon as possible to protect themselves, their families, loved ones and the community,” he added.
Spokesperson DAK Dr Riyaz Ahmad Dagga said Omicron is more contagious than delta which devastated us in the second wave. We don’t know how Omicron will impact our senior citizens and immuno compromised.
“Even though Omicron causes less severe disease, the sheer number of cases could once again overwhelm our hospitals,” he said adding that healthcare capacity including ICUs, ventilators and staff need to be strengthened at all levels.