Though the number of Covid-19 cases reported in the Sultanate continued to decrease, the cases need to be brought down further by strictly adhering to preventive measures, medical professionals have warned.
Oman reported 927 new cases while nine Covid-related deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, according to the statistics released by the Ministry of Health (MoH).
“We need to be extra-cautious as it is noticed that people are not taking enough precautions. We will be able to win over coronavirus, but it is a matter of concern that people are not paying any heed to the precautionary measures that must be taken during the pandemic,” says Dr Mahmoud al Rahbi, Head of Emergency at Al Nahda Hospital.
He added that three basic precautions strictly adhered to are frequent hand washing, social distancing and wearing mask.
Additionally, people must avoid spaces that are closed, or avoid close contact or crowded places as many outbreaks have been reported from crowded indoor settings.
“There is higher chance of getting Covid-19 in crowded and poorly ventilated places where infected people are seen in close proximity. These environments are where the virus appears to spread by respiratory droplets or aerosols more than anywherelse. So, taking precautions is even more important”, said Dr Dilip Singhvi, Apollo Hospital.
Other precautions include social distancing, wearing facemasks, avoiding handshakes and gathering and all sorts of socialising in addition to the personal hygiene measures such as washing hands with soap, using approved sanitisers and other precautions announced by the Supreme Committee.
“All measures of precautions against the pandemic announced by the Supreme Committee should be followed failing of which punitive actions including fines, jail, naming and shaming and deportation as the case may be, will be taken,” according to the Royal Oman Police (ROP).
One should also focus on immunity-building. A plenty of “Vitamin C rich diet should be taken while attempts to absorb sufficient Vitamin D should be made intentionally.
According to Salu Jose, a nursing tutor, opting to have ample steam inhalation twice daily is good while multivitamine supplements can boost immunity.