In a live webinar—‘Practical Tips for Patients and Caregivers for Covid-19 Second Wave’ organised by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of Rajasthan, viewers learned about the new strain of Covid-19, the importance of vaccination and lifestyle changes on Friday evening. The webinar was held in collaboration with IAS Literary Society, Rajasthan on their Facebook page. It was addressed by Professor, Department of Anesthesia & Critical Care and Nodal Officer Covid, Trauma Centre, S.N. Medical College, Jodhpur, Dr. Vikas Rajpurohit. He was in conversation with Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of Rajasthan, Ms. Mugdha Sinha. The webinar was held as a part of YASH (Year of Awareness on Science and Health), 2020 Dialogue Series.
Talking about how the new strain of Coronavirus is different from the original strain, Dr. Rajpurohit said that the new strain of the virus is fast and aggressive. It has new symptoms like abdominal pain, diarrhoea, vomiting along with the earlier symptoms of fever, dry cough, sore throat, etc. This is because both the host and the virus have changed. At this point during the pandemic, regardless of the symptoms, one needs to consider the possibility that one may be suffering from Covid whenever ill.
He further said that everyone should consider getting vaccinated. If someone has recovered from Covid they should wait at least 1 month before getting vaccinated. One must take the full schedule of the vaccine i.e., 2 jabs to be well protected. Recovering patients need to focus on their diet. High carbohydrate diets should be avoided as these can raise blood sugar levels. Vitamin C and Zinc are useful for consumption and can help strengthen one’s immunity. Not every case needs a CT scan. It is only when the patient is displaying symptoms not common or complex to the disease, the doctor considers a CT scan. Oxygen concentrators should be used intermittently in instances of mild desaturation of blood oxygen levels. If a patient’s blood oxygen levels are consistently low then an oxygen cylinder should be used. Be sure to purchase oxygen cylinders from authorised dealers only and never use one without a pressure gauge or flow meter.