People now heed health rules

Amid a rising trend in coronavirus infection rate in the recent past, many people are now found following, to a great extent, health safety guidelines.

Public health experts termed this ‘very positive’ especially when the world is now experiencing the dangerous second wave of the pandemic. 

Some experts, referring to recent virus infection trends, said that in the third week of November the number of patients and deaths is suddenly increasing. Earlier, over the past two months, corona virus samples collected and analyzed shows declining trend in infection as well as death rates. 

However, the rate of infection detection never dropped below ten percent compared to the sample test.

Medicine specialist Dr Abul Kalam Azad at the Dhaka Medical College (DMCH) told Bangladesh Post, “It’s a good sign that increasing number of people are starting to wear face masks and following health safety rules in public places.”

“On the other hand, there is no alternative to increasing the rate of sample testing to deal with the second wave of infection. The sooner an infected person is identified, the sooner his or her family members can take precautions to prevent cross infection,” said Dr Azad.

Another health expert Professor Z M Kabir Chowdhury said, “Bangladesh has already adopted the policy of 'No Mask, No Service' by giving importance to wearing masks and maintaining social distance to prevent the transmission of corona virus keeping winter in mind.”

He suggested that everyone should be encouraged to follow health safety rules in order to prevent any transmission of the virus. 

Meanwhile, Obaidul Quader, Minister for Road Transport and Bridges and also General Secretary of the ruling Awami League, said that tougher rules may have to be enforced if the coronavirus infection situation worsens.

The minister also said, “The number of people infected with coronavirus is increasing day by day. Stringent restrictions will be imposed if necessary. Saving life is our priority. Therefore, action will be taken after considering all aspects.”