COVID-19: Experts warn spike in winters

Say Govt fails to check violation by people

Srinagar: As there is no letup in novel corona-Virus positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir, the administration has miserably failed to check violation of the COVID-19 protocol by the people ever since the lockdown was lifted in the Union Territory.

Experts, however, have warned of serious consequences in case the people stop wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing as the deadly disease is all set to ‘intensify’ during upcoming winters in Jammu and Kashmir.

A leading pulmonologist at Valley’s lone tertiary care hospital SKIMS Soura while talking to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) said although the disease has nothing to do with climate; but the situation may turn ugly during winters in case the people stop wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing.

He said the people of Kashmir are prone to winter health issues like flu and cold and the same may cause them to fall prey to deadly disease if people continue to violate the protocol.

“There is every possibility that there would be a spike in positive cases of Corona-Virus during winters in Jammu and Kashmir as winter related health issues also spikes in cold weather conditions,” he said, adding that the people need to take serious precautionary measures to save themselves from falling prey to novel Corona-Virus.

He also said the government other than turning a blind eye towards the carelessness approach adopted by the people should wake up on the occasion and ensure everyone follows the protocol in letter and spirit.

“I see a sharp spike in positive cases; people need to take this disease seriously before the situation turns alarming. Wearing face masks and maintaining social distancing is the only measure to stay away from this deadly disease which so far has claimed millions of lives world over,” he added—(KNO)