Social Distancing s the only way to counter the spread of COVID-19

Interacting with the people of Varanasi through video conferencing, PM said, some people in spite of being empowered with knowledge are not pay heed to warning which is regrettable. PM said that the Mahabharat war was won in 18 days and this war the whole country is fighting against coronavirus will take 21 days and the aim is to win it.

PM Modi asked people to speak to their doctors before taking any medicine clarifying that  there is  no medicine or vaccine for coronavirus as of now. Prime Minister warned the people that they should not believe in rumours about the outbreak. PM added that the government  has tied up with WhatsApp to create a helpdesk to give credible information on coronavirus. The number is – 9013151515.

Prime Minister also said, he is very pained by the misbehavior of some people against doctors, airlines crew and staff of necessary services who are at the forefront of combating coronavirus. PM Modi said the stern action will be taken against the guilty. Prime Minister added that doctors and nurses are incarnations of God and they are endangering themselves to save people and they should be respected.

PM Modi also urged people to help poor in this hour of crisis and promise themselves to help nine poor families everyday for the next 21 days. 

Stay away, stay safe: Below are some Social distancing steps to follow

Everyone nowadays is advocating social distancing in view of the coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic. It practically means stay away from each other. There is an advisory on Social Distancing Measure in view of spread of COVID-19 disease. Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical infection prevention and control intervention implemented to avoid/decrease contact between those who are infected with a disease causing pathogen and those who are not, so as to stop or slow down the rate and extent of disease transmission in a community.

 The aim is to decline in spread, morbidity and mortality due to the disease.

 Possibility of postponing exams may be explored. Ongoing exams to be conducted only after ensuring physical distance of one meter amongst students.

Encourage private sector organizations/employers to allow employees to work from home wherever feasible.
Meetings, as far as reasonable, shall be done through video conferences.

Restaurants to ensure hand washing protocol and proper hygiene of frequently touched surfaces. Ensure physical distancing (minimum 1metre) between tables;
encourage open air seating where practical with adequate distancing.
 Keep already planned weddings to a limited gathering, push back all non-essential social and cultural gatherings.
Local authorities to have a dialogue with organizers of sporting events and competitions involving huge gatherings and they may be advised to postpone such events.
 Local authorities to have a dialogue with opinion leaders and religious leaders to regulate mass gatherings and should ensure no excess numbers/at least one metre distance between people.
 Local authorities to have meeting with traders associations and other stakeholders to regulate hours, exhibit Do’s and Don’ts and take up a communication drive in market places like sabzi mandi, anaj mandi, bus depots, railway stations, post-offices etc, where indispensable services are provided.
 All commercial activities must keep a distance of one meter between customers.

 Non-essential travel should be avoided.

Hospitals to follow necessary protocol related with COVID-19 management as approved and restrict family/friends/children visiting patients in hospitals.
 Hygiene and physical distancing has to be maintained. Shaking hands and hugging as a matter of greeting to be avoided.
 Special protective measures for delivery men/women working in online ordering services.
 Keep communities informed again and again and persistently.

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