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As Covid cases rise, experts advise elderly, people with comorbidities to wear masks

As Covid cases rise, experts advise elderly, people with comorbidities to wear masks
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New Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) As Delhi gears up to ring in the New Year amid fear of the new Covid sub-variant JN.1, experts advised people with comorbidities and the elderly to avoid crowded places and wear masks while asserting there was no need to put in place public health measures right now.

According to the Union Health Ministry data, there are 45 active Covid cases in Delhi. So far, the national capital has reported one case of the JN.1 variant.

Amid the rise in cases, experts advised people not to panic and stressed that viral respiratory illnesses usually see a spike during winter months and the pollution season.

Dr Sumit Ray, medical director and critical care head at Holy Family Hospital, said, “We are seeing more influenza cases and H1N1 patients where there is serious lung involvement. The Covid cases that we have seen at our hospital are those where the finding of the infection has been incidental.

“Those who were admitted with Covid infection were primarily those who had chronic lung or kidney disease,” he said. The hospital has had 11 Covid patients in December but no fatalities have been reported at the facility.

Asserting that no public health measures were needed at the moment, Dr Ray said, “The role of public health systems is to keep track of infections and maintain watchfulness.”

 


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