“The news of the COVID situation in China is leading to many rumours and conversations that are not based on scientific facts about the impact on India and the rest of the world, but we believe that there is absolutely no need to panic.
India has a high level of hybrid immunity. This is a result of the high vaccination coverage with over 220 crore doses given as on date and infection with the Omicron variant in early 2022. However, it is always advisable to take precautions such as using masks in a crowded place, avoiding crowded places specially for vulnerable groups, maintaining social distance, frequently washing hands and using sanitizers. One should also take the booster dose of the vaccine if not taken yet, across all eligible age groups.
In case of symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as a fever and cough, one should contact a doctor or call the COVID helpline for guidance. One should get tested and isolate oneself if the results are positive for COVID. To reiterate, there is no need to panic, take precautions and be safe”- Dr. K. Hari Prasad, President, Apollo Group – Hospitals.