As COVID-19 Cases Peak, Top Doctors Prescribe The Do’s & Don’ts To Break The Chain

As India recorded its highest ever single day COVID-19 case tally with nearly 3 lakh cases coming to light, three top doctors of the country addressed the nation.

AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, Medanta Chairman Dr Naresh Trehan and Dr Devi Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Hospital came together to collectively dispel myths surrounding medication and vaccination and stress on COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.


Dr Devi Shetty, Narayana Health

In case you are positive, see a doctor and get his opinion.

Do not panic, COVID19 is common now. It is a problem that can be solved provided you get the medical help at an early stage and follow doctor’s instructions

There is a possibility that you may be asymptomatic, then, doctors will tell you to stay at home, isolate yourself, wear a mask and check your oxygen saturation every 6 hours

If your Oxygen saturation is above 94% then there is no problem. But if it is falling after exercise, then, you need to call a doctor. It’s important you get the right treatment at the right time

Every home must have pulse oxymeter

Dr Naresh Trehan, Medanta

If you are not very sick, monitoring can be done at home

Important to consult doctor, explain your symptoms to your doctor

Hospital beds are always not available and not all cases need hospitalisation

Less percentage of people require hospitalisation. The hospital beds should be utilised judiciously & with responsibility. This responsibility rests on all of us

Don’t rush to the hospital because you have tested positive for COVID-19

Only if doctor feels the need should Remdesivir be given

Remdesivir isn’t a ‘Ramban’, it only decreases viral load in people who need it

We’ve now made a protocol that Remdesivir to be given not to everyone who tests positive. Only after doctors look at test results, symptoms, comorbidities of a patient, then, it’s to be given. Remdesivir isn’t a ‘Ramban’, it only decreases viral load in people who need it

Today we have enough oxygen if we try to use it judiciously. I want to tell the public that if you don’t need oxygen then don’t use it as a security blanket. Waste of oxygen will only lead to depriving someone who needs it

Hand hygiene is every citizen’s responsibility

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Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS

In COVID, more than 85% of people will recover without any specific treatment in the form of Remdesivir etc. Most will have symptoms like common cold, sore throat etc

Over 5-7 days, they’ll recover with symptomatic treatment. Only 15% may go to moderate disease. In COVID-19, more than 85 per cent people will recover without any use of Remdesivir

Important to understand that most of us who in home isolation or in the hospital because panic don’t actually need any specific treatment. Only small percentage require Remdesivir. Don’t consider this as a magic bullet

By rushing to the hospital, you are creating more chaos

Oxygen is a treatment, it’s like a drug.. Taking oxygen intermittently is an absolute waste of oxygen. There is no data that shows that this will be of any help to you and therefore you shouldn’t do

Taking oxygen intermittently hoping that oxygen saturation level will go up is actually a waste of oxygen

If we use oxygen judiciously, there will be no shortage of oxygen

Hoarding of oxygen and using oxygen where it is not required is denying oxygen to someone in need

As a country, if we work together, use oxygen and Remdesivir judiciously, then, there will be no shortage anywhere. In terms of the number of people who need oxygen and oxygen supply, we are well balanced

Oxygen carrying capacity in the blood will remain the same whether your level is 92-93 or 98-99

The vaccine prevents you from getting the disease in the form of severe illness. It may not prevent you from getting the infection. Important to understand that even after the vaccine we may have a positive report, it is why important to wear a mask even after vaccine

Most important thing is to have COVID-19 appropriate behaviour

It is important to break the chain of transmission

Make sure mask is tightly sealed from the sides and it covers your nose and mouth

If you are in indoor environment, make sure room is cross ventilated

Avoid crowds as they can be super spreading events

Eat your meals separately

Don’t sit together with friends

We have to bring the cases down

Every citizen must maintain physical distancing

Stay indoors for the next weeks and the cases will come down

Please mask up and make sure others are safe

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