Community spread in Kashmir a reality, we must accept it: Dir SKIMS

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Srinagar: The director of Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) said on Sunday that Kashmir is already witnessing community spread and “we must accept it and learn to live with it.”

“Kashmir is facing community spread of COVID-19. This is a reality and we must accept it and learn to live with it,” Dr. A.G. Ahangar told a newswire, IANS.

In the last week, the graph rose drastically as the country reopened after a two months lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19. At SKIMS in Srinagar, Dr. Ahangar added that there has been a large spike in positive cases indicating obviously that more and more people are getting exposed to the virus.

Though, he added people need not panic, but should take maximum precautions to minimise the damage caused by the pandemic.

The senior doctor said once precautions are taken there is hardly any possibility of the virus infecting us. He, however, said some doctors and paramedics recently testing positive is a professional hazard. Dr. Ahangar said the result of community spread in Kashmir would be that those who develop herd immunity will survive, but those whose immunity is already compromised will suffer. At least 43 people have been killed by the virus in J-K and over 4,000 have been infected. (With inputs from IANS)

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