Would it make sense to stop random testing?
The action was delayed the Covid 19 prevention and treatment late (inlike the chief Minister of Manipur ) despite the knowledge of the disease and experiences from other countries that was being circulated for 3 months .
Nowmany states are following the South Korean model , Mass testing so that EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND GIVING EFFECTIVE TREATMENT . This early identification and early treatment has reduced the death rate considerably in India to 2.6 % . But even that is a death to a family . so that has to be prevented also.
The attached figure will give some information about the number of Test being done . T.N does 45,000 tests per day , and also hold Fever Clinics , so more cases are DETECTED AND EARLY . These cases are
Mild cases : are quarantines and followed up with tele medication.
Moderate : If hospitalization is requires admitted - early treatment prevents and arrests the cases progressing .
Severe : whene they become severe there is ICU with Oxygen and all facilities .
And we the OLDIES like me who can't be visited by our near and dear ones , every morning the corporation social workers visits enquire about our health and symptoms with a Thermal Gun to record Temperature ; this going on for the past month and half .If they find anysymptoms they inform the corporation they do the needful . Staff on Rotation to give a change .
I TAKE THAT AS EXCHANGING PLEASANTRIES, SO GET READY TO MEET THEM . more
I have few relatives living in Besant Nagar, Chennai. The place where they live is neither crowded nor closed. But, the corporation is testing every household there. In Bangalore, the associations of apartment complexes are maintaining a strict watch with restrictions on movement of people. I know a few such apartments where the civic body is testing every person. And I am sure, the slightest of symptoms the will go for testing.
Aren’t these a waste of testing kits, effort and time and money, where there is already a shortage.
If the people are told that it is in their interest to get checked if they have symptoms, the onus will shift from the govt. to the people. After all, 4months has passed since the lockdowns started. And hopefully they would have learnt the new norms will be more careful in avoiding crowds and wearing masks. Whatever steps business and organisations are taking, let them continue. And educational institutions, metro etc. let them be suspended until they come out with their safety procedures.
Let the individuals, families, businesses, organisations... decide if they want to follow the new norms are not. Those who follow will be safe, others...
From the police and civic officials part, they can concentrate on enforcing mask and social distancing. And let the local people spread the message of safety through banners (without politicians photos and ads) at ever nook and corner, sell low cost reusable masks at every corner......
The message by telecom operators when making a call has become more of a nuisance. Time they stopped. more
By mid March when the Cases started rising , ICMR suggested community Transmission checking . That is to check at random to find out if there is community transmission . Some states are following this with mass testing for ILI symptoms . As a result the states have been able to identify and send for treatment early before severity sets in , isolate the infected. Thereby – further infection is checked – early treatment is started before severity & complication sets in.
That is the South Korean Model : Without Lockdown , mass testing , isolation , early treatment had helped vastly in checking infection , controlling the death rate . South Korean Death rate is o.7% (India 2.5, Karnataka 2% ) Also Reported more recoveries from Covid-19 than new infections through aggressive testing. The recovered ones develop antigen to covid 19. If you take a look at the figures Delhi , Tamilnadu are the following this model. Delhi seems to be out of Red and Tamilnadu will be out of red shortly . Gujarat too .
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That would have saved the money a d all the trouble ; then we would have had enough and more time to prepare for the pandemic . more
As far as I know from my own contacts in India and abroad, many of them came into our country without even a temperature test till March which is extremely sad. All the gimmicks of the hon'ble PM to bang plates and ring bells to make sounds as well as light diyas and candles to chase away the disease was such a waste of time. Look at where India stands now.
Now we don't see any Health Minister, Home Minister or hon'ble Prime Minister anywhere in the news. more