Mask our biggest protector, carelessness will make it difficult to break coronavirus chain: Harsh Vardhan
Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, on Friday warned that carelessness in following the Covid-19 advisory would make the fight against the coronavirus pandemic more difficult. He said a facial mask is the best protector against Covid-19.
The Union health minister said advisory that asks people to wear a facial mask while going out, practice social distancing, and follow personal hygiene guidelines is important to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes Covid-19. Harsh Vardhan said not following the set of Covid-19 advisories will make it difficult to break the Covid-19 chain in India.
Harsh Vardhan said this in his keynote address at India Today Healthgiri Awards to honor health workers and professionals. He emphasized that a facial mask works as the biggest protector against the coronavirus. Harsh Vardhan also said a significant number of people have been careless lately in following the coronavirus guidelines at a time when businesses in the country have started opening up.
"We are at a stage where we are opening up in different phases of Unlock and at this time, we have been seeing a significant number of people who are careless in following the government guidelines," Harsh Vardhan said.
"Mask is our biggest protector. But one must also remember to maintain '2 gaj doori [2 feet distance]', wash hands and sanitization to keep coronavirus at bay," Harsh Vardhan said.
The health minister also said that it has been nine months since the world began its fight against the coronavirus and now, "it is time to bow before the corona warriors".
Harsh Vardhan also hailed the journalists who have been reporting on the coronavirus situation from across the country since the beginning of the pandemic in India.
"I saw them [journalists] everywhere. I remember once a journalist requested me for a separate coronavirus testing facility for journalists. Even though I could not open a facility separately for them, I did not see any journalist who stopped working amid the pandemic," Harsh Vardhan said.