All patients who have recovered from Coronavirus infection should donate one unit of blood
The response of the readers to the letter "Would extending the coronavirus lockdown after April 14 achieve its OBJECTIVE?" [Read more at: http://www.rtifoundationofindia.com/would-extending-coronavirus-lockdown-after-april-1#.XpsI5YgzbIU] has bee overwhelming. Some of the comments from the readers are given below:
One step which can be taken immediately is to ask all the patients who have recovered is to donate one unit of blood. Whenever the government gives an approval for PLASMA therapy, this collected blood can be used. Even empirically using the blood/ plasma would be of no harm.
Dr RK Verma
Excellent views. Thought provoking.
Even when I hear the TV channels today, they are talking of reduction in rate of transmission of disease. The officials say that the rate of doubling of infected cases has reduced now increased from about 3 days to 5 days. It only means that if there were 7000 cases 3 days back, the current number is 14000 and it would require 5 days to make it to 28000 cases. It means that earlier the number of new cases added every day was 2,333 (7000 divided by 3) and now it is likely to be 2,800 (14000 divided by 5). The same trend would add a still larger number of infected cases every day to the larger reservoir of cases existing already. The absolute number of fresh infected cases added daily is on the rise. Not stating this basic fact gives a false sense of security to the people that things are getting better.
Perhaps, the number of infected cases would rise substantially and reach higher levels after April 20 when there is a partial opening of the economy. The rate of rise of infection would rise in the days to come. Keep a watch.
Our PM Modi is dealing with the situation in a fantastic manner and the infection in the country is low when compared to the rest of the world.
Surprisingly, the media is talking in one voice about the efforts made to eradicate Covid 19 and nobody is critically examining the steps taken by the authorities. Transparency is needed to both appreciate the efforts made but also to improve the system. We do not know how many ventilators are needed for the country and how the administrators are going to deal with the situation where our first line of defence falls prey to the Covid 19. We must gear up to deal with the eventuality of millions of cases and lakhs of deaths.
Coronavirus infection has led the universe to realise that humanity is one and we cannot live in self-made compartments. The virus will affect all irrespective of the colour, caste, gender, religion or place of residence. We have to device a common strategy to deal with it.
Human race must learn to deal with the virus as it may relapse or a new virus can come. Together we shall sail.
With the tacit announcement of opening up of the economy partially, the government has taken a pragmatic view of the situation. It means a practical management of the situation and the balance between revitalising the “economy” and saving “human life”.
Nobody has informed what the objective of the lockdown is. The lack of transparency in decision making is profound. The ‘thali’ and ‘diya’ are good for mobilising people but they are not the cure. Overemphasis on these methods is not good and would be more apparent when the death figures of Corona show up. Better to act quick and in actual terms rather than symbolic events.