A steady decline in the number of cases has led to a further relaxation of Covid-19 protocols
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With long public holidays, medical experts have urged community members to follow Covid-19 safety measures to avoid a surge in new cases after the festive celebrations.
On Saturday, health authorities announced 261 positive cases and 97.69% of the eligible population being fully vaccinated.
A steady decline in the number of cases has led to a further relaxation of Covid-19 protocols. However, doctors have noted that people should be careful when celebrating.
“This year, Eid celebrations will take place against the backdrop of high vaccination rates, low cases and relaxed restrictions. A sense of normalcy is returning, but we must remain cautious while enjoying the joy this celebration brings to us and our families,” said Dr Amaka Kate Uzu, Family Medicine Consultant, Bareen International Hospital Abu Dhabi .
Doctors insisted on wearing masks, generous use of hand sanitizers, maintaining social distancing, especially of the vulnerable category, and avoiding crowded places and large gatherings.
“We must ensure that all family members are fully vaccinated and wear masks when visiting friends or relatives in closed places. The vulnerable population should stay away from any possible threat,” said Dr. Nasrullah Jakhrani, Internal Medicine Specialist, Aster Clinic, Bur Dubai (AJMC).
“Even during prayers, people have to maintain social distancing and put on masks all the time. This is ideal for avoiding handshakes. Adhering to preventive measures will not only protect you and others from infection, but will also protect you from other viral infections like flu and colds,” Dr. Jakhrani noted.
Dr Jaya Geetha, Internal Medicine Specialist, NMC Specialty Hospital, Abu Dhabi, recommended always keeping a spare mask.
“Try to limit celebrations to immediate family members and catch up with loved ones via video call, if possible,” Dr Geetha said.
With many residents traveling overseas for vacation, Dr Uzu said: “If you are traveling overseas, wear a mask during the flight, be aware of the vaccination uptake rate of the country you are visiting. and respect their Covid-19 protocols.”
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While the World Health Organization (WHO) has noted an unusually high number of cases of ultra-drug resistant (XDR) Shigella sonnei in European countries, Dr Geetha stressed: “Extra precautions should be taken by those who travel abroad on vacation. Ensure the availability of drinking water and food. Shigella bacteria can be transmitted through infected food or by drinking or swimming in unsafe water. The most common symptoms of Shigella infection are watery or bloody diarrhea, abdominal cramps, fever, nausea, loss of appetite, and headache. General hygiene measures, including hand washing with soap and water, are the most important step in reducing transmission.
Dr Uzu added that anyone showing symptoms related to Covid-19 should not go outside and join in the festivities.
“Let us remember the practices that helped us stay safe during the height of the pandemic. Wash your hands and use sanitizers as often as necessary. Other viruses and bacteria are making a comeback, so hygiene will be key to keeping them at bay. If we maintain these practices, we can all have an enjoyable and safe Eid celebration.