Faces Without Masks Let Virus Thrive

The Times of India Delhi|July 05, 2020

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Faces Without Masks Let Virus Thrive
Top docs say important for everyone to contribute by ensuring masks become part of daily routine
Durgesh Nandan Jha

If you are safely ensconced behind a mask, why should it be your business to ask others to also wear one? It is to ensure that everyone is safe and Covid-19 doesn’t find a ready host who should have known better. That person, because of either ignorance or plain defiance, can infect others or get infected by another person who finds masks a bother. If this situation is replicated across the city, the virus will thrive leading to a lot of avoidable misery. Our healthcare system will get overwhelmed and the quality of medical care – which you need all the year round – will suffer.

A person may not be visibly infected with Covid-19 or may not even be aware that he is hosting the virus, but he will easily infect others. That is how the virus deceives, and it is easy to guard against this by wearing a mask. This disease has no known cure and a vaccine may take a long time coming. If things deteriorate, another lockdown could be the only solution with its devastating economic consequences. Why go there when we can collectively try to break the chain by simply wearing a mask.

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