Don’t be complacent with Omicron: Dr Hari Prasad

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Hyderabad: There is ample evidence that the Omicron variant is highly contagious but causes milder symptoms, which should enable infections to recover quickly. However, complacency at this time could put the healthcare infrastructure under tremendous stress, president, Apollo Group-Hospitals, Dr K Hari Prasad, on Tuesday said.

The senior public health official from Hyderabad said that even if 1 per cent of positive cases need hospitalisation, then our healthcare infrastructure will be under pressure and we may once again land in a terrible situation, which was the case during the second wave.

“First thing is to accept that the pandemic is still on and it has the possibility of causing huge surges. The government is playing its role but individuals in the society have a bigger role and the measures they need to take are simple and cost nothing. It is time for the people to take the management of the virus into their hands and make sure we emerge out of this pandemic sooner than later,” he said.

Dr Hari Prasad urged people to not wait and get tested immediately even if they have minimal symptoms. “Make sure you have all the right information for home isolation, which is critical as it is projected that a majority of those infected with Omicron variant can be managed by home isolation. Ensure your families, friends, communities and even strangers follow Covid appropriate behaviour,” Dr Hari Prasad said.

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