Shut Down The Country For Few Weeks,' Suggests Dr. Anthony F
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India needs to be immediately shut down for at least a few weeks in order to stop the cycle of coronavirus transmission, Dr. Anthony S Fauci, White House Chief Medical Adviser and the US' top pandemic expert, said in an interview. He said the shutdown will help the country take some immediate, intermediate, and long-term measures to fight the catapulting pandemic crisis.

Here's what he quoted:

• Immediate step:

The first thing to do is to first look at what is the immediate thing you can do right now. What is the intermediate thing that you can do in two weeks? One of the things that you can do to prevent this prolonging.

For example, vaccinating people right now, which you absolutely must, must do — it’s essential — is not going to alleviate the immediate problem of people needing oxygen, needing hospitalisation, needing medical care. Get oxygen, get supplies, get medication, get PPE, those kinds of things but also, one of the immediate things to do is to essentially call a shutdown of the country.

• Intermediate step:

~ Arrange supplies from every possible source:

Terming the current situation in India "very difficult and desperate," Dr. Fauci said that India needs to set up a crisis group that can help the government organize basic medical facilities such as medical oxygen and hospital beds. He said the country should get in touch with as many countries as possible so as to arrange the supplies it requires.

~ Quickly build temporary hospitals:

Citing China's example, Dr. Fauci said India should build temporary hospitals and emergency units to deal with the massive caseload. "Get hospitals built quickly. I mean really quickly, within a matter of — you know, they put up these field hospitals that they built during the war. You should think of this, in some respects, like a war. The enemy is the virus," he said.

• Long-term steps:

~ In the long-term, vaccination is the key:

Dr. Fauci further suggested that in order to check the COVID-19 spread in the long term, the Indian government must vaccinate its citizens as fast as it can. Considering that only about 2% of the Indian population has been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus, he said, "It is a very serious situation. You absolutely have to get more people vaccinated."

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