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Millions of lives might be lost in the next "Disease X" epidemic, experts warn

New Delhi, September 17: Discussions about the reintroduction of masks, preserving personal cleanliness, and restricted lockdowns are gathering traction more than three years after the epidemic, as the northern hemisphere approaches winter and new strains of Covid continue to emerge.

Some US schools, hospitals, and companies have already encouraged or even mandated that individuals start disguising up once again in response to the increased number of Covid cases.


Mandy Cohen, director of the CDC, has issued a warning that Covid is still dangerous for those who are not immunised.

Unvaccinated people who have never been infected before, elderly people, and those with underlying medical issues are at particularly high risk.

Even while the emergence of new Covid variants calls for caution, Dr. Rajkumar, Senior Consultant, Internal Medicine, Indian Spinal Injuries Centre, Delhi, emphasised that unwarranted anxiety might be reduced by taking educated action.

“Maintaining established precautions—getting vaccinated, practising good hand hygiene, wearing masks in crowded settings, and adhering to local health guidelines—remains pivotal to protect against new variants,” Rajkumar told IANS.

Timely immunisation, especially with updated booster injections, strengthens our defences, and individual steps should be made to increase immunity.

In order to traverse the environment and ensure that our collaborative efforts continue to lessen the effect of the current or impending variations, he noted, “public health monitoring, genetic sequencing, and proactive measures will help us manage the issue as it changes.

Public health specialists from a number of prestigious colleges have recommended that both patients and healthcare workers should continue to mask up in the hospital environment and benefit from the lessons learnt during the Covid-19 outbreak.

This is significant because, according to an editorial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine journal, masks are a tried-and-true way to stop transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, particularly to the most susceptible patients.



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