To identify communities at risk
“Battle of Corona” Only people can win this war, not doctors or Governments
Preventing Community spread at this time is the key to control the Corona pandemic. Strict Lock down needs to be effective to achieve the desired objectives. Therefore it is necessary to identify the communities at risk, where lock-down is not complete and hence these may be need to identify the weak points to achieve effective lock-down.
These communities can be:
- Surveillance in high population density zones: India and specially large cities have areas with thick population density. There is a tendency to come out of houses for informal chatting. People need to understand that effective lockdown is more than just not attending to the office work. Such collections of people can be prevented by strict enforcement:
A. Police patrolling in thickly populated residential or good administrative control.
B. Drone surveillance
C. Camera surveillance and administrative control
- Medical needs: people may come out of houses for medical needs. This can be minimized by
- Online consultations
- Telephonic consultations
These tele-consultations to be used to differentiate whether it is an emergency or not. The emergencies should be guided to attend hospital, that may be different from Covid 19. So these consultations will help to segregate these patients from Covid patients.
3.Strengthening of Ambulance service- Network of ambulances can be used to assess at homes and hence the need for hospitalization may be minimized. Besides it may help in preventing gathering of relatives and guiding the patient to appropriate hospital.
4. Providing PPE’s to doctors to prevent loss of work force.
- Need for essentials: System for community delivery or decongestion at market places need to be checked and gathering to be discouraged.
Effective Lock-down can be a key for winning the “Battle of Corona”. Only people can win this war, and not doctors or Governments.