Talking to New Age, Dhaka Medical College principal and noted medicine specialist Khan Abul Kalam Azad advised people not to get panicked, but to stay home and use mask if they have fever accompanied by coughing and sneezing.
‘If they have breathing complications, they should go to hospital,’ he advised.
He said the coronavirus has symptoms like normal flu — fever accompanied by coughing, sneezing, and throat itching and more serious condition include shortness of breath.
It is like normal flu and about 80 per cent people do not need to go to hospital, he said.
‘It will be challenging for hospital authorities if panicked people start thronging the hospitals,’ he said.
Those who have fever accompanied by coughing, sneezing, throat itching should not go out their homes and if needed to do so, they must wear mask, he said.
Azad urged the government to motivate people who are coming from abroad to stay home for mandatory 14-day quarantine.
He gave a number of advices to people, such as not going to bazars or public places unless essential and maintaining personal hygiene like washing hands with soap at short intervals, particularly after coming from outside.
He also advised the guardians not to send children to school if they have fever accompanied by coughing and sneezing.
Azad said that it is not unlikely that the virus will spread to communities anytime as many people are returning from infected countries.
‘We have to be cautious but not getting panicked,’ he said.
Azad said that lots of misinformation spread through social media and a section of irresponsible media.
‘We need to refrain from paying attention to the misperceptions that circulate. What is more dangerous than the virus itself is the rumours and misinformation that are spreading across the social media and the panic that grips us,’ he said.
‘Much of the actual nature of the coronavirus is still unknown and people should be cautious about how to adopt the best practices to successfully prevent its spread,’ he argued.