People brace for second corona wave

In view of the apprehension of second peak of Covid-19, people are preparing themselves, though not all, with health safety measures to combat the deadly virus in winter.

The current much lower mortality due to our combative healthcare system has hiked the confidence-level of the people, but many, mostly of their own, are equipping themselves with all protective gears to fight the virus.

School teacher Rifat Rahman, a resident of Azimpur area, told The Bangladesh Post that he and his family members are preparing to combat the deadly disease as they watched the television news regarding the second wave of Covid-19.

He said, “My elder son currently studying in Lancaster (United Kingdom), informed us that situation in winter may become adverse in Bangladesh, if adequate preparations are not taken.”

“Considering the current Covid condition, winter may not be worse as we are predicting but who knows, that’s why it’s better to get prepared with hygiene materials.”

Bank employee Abdul Majid also echoed the similar, saying, “As the doctors said and the health minister earlier told the country to remain vigilant in this winter, I have hold back my winter tour.”

“I’m worried about my younger son as he often catches cold. But I bought enough masks, hand sanitizer and regular medicine to beat the coronavirus amid the winter,” he said.

Talking to The Bangladesh Post, Medicine Specialist Z M Kabir Chowdhury of a private hospital at the capital thanked people for collective realization against the virus.

He said, “This winter can be harsh for us. Since, a large number of people reluctantly skipping health guidelines, in the meantime we should not forget the global death toll, hence our national statistics is showing a downward trend.”

With Bangladesh already overcoming the losses of first wave of corona after the end of October people must follow health rules with proper physical distancing as the winter approaches.

The specialist recommended that people with breathing difficulty, cardio vascular disease, kidney dialysis and other complex diseases should consult with doctors and take special prescriptions ahead of wintertime.

In this week the overall coronavirus death toll and infection rate slumped since March. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) registered the lowest death rate. Only 23 people succumbed to death in the last 24 hours.

According to the DGHS, the recovery rate from coronavirus is increasing in the country. In the span of 24 hours, 1560 people have recovered from Covid-19 disease. Out of every 100 infected, 78.05 are recovering, although that rate was 76 percent just one week ago.

On Saturday, Health and Family Welfare Minister Zahid Maleque said, vaccine against the coronavirus has not yet been fully discovered. Scientifically proved vaccine will be brought to our country, he added. 

The minister advised countrymen to adhere to hygiene rules in all cases till the arrival of vaccine, as well as to avoid social events in the midst of the winter.