BHOPAL: Change in weather has made things worse in the state capital which is already struggling hard to arrest the spike in Covid-19 cases. Extreme variations in temperature have added to the worries of the health experts and the district administration. Sudden fall in temperature can put the vulnerable ones at risk.
While all Covid -19 health protocols are to be adhered to, other precautions in view of the sudden change in weather also need to be taken. The medical experts have suggested continuing with the practice of regular gargle and consumption of warm water to keep throat infection at bay. There are good reasons to expect respiratory viruses to show seasonal variation. Infections caused by respiratory viruses, including influenza and some coronaviruses, swell in winter and add to the worries if the unseasonal rains.
The showers also brought down temperatures as residents woke up to a cool and cloudy morning in the state capital. While the woolens are already out of cupboards, the light rain made people take out their umbrella and raincoats, safely put away for the next monsoon.
Doctors have advised people to take all protections particularly during the pandemic as drop in temperature accompanied with rains is a cause of concern. Dr ID Chaurasia, Medical Superintendent of Hamidia Hospital, said, “Sudden change in weather is harmful especially in pandemic times when corona cases are on the rise. At this juncture, exposure to such conditions will definitely cause throat infection and fever. So people should take all protections and necessary precautions from exposure as the symptoms are very similar to covid. People should avoid venturing out during rain.”