02 August, 2021

Social Vaccine

A powerful societal movement to change behaviour must become an essential response to the Covid pandemic and other infectious diseases like TB

Practising what he preaches—Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan
Social Vaccine

The world is in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no second priority for governments worldwide but to be able to save human lives. The past 10 months have gone by like a whirlwind in which we have struggled and tried our best to ensure that people learn Covid-appropriate behaviour, which is the best way to stop the progression of this deadly virus-caused disease and cut its transmission. It is not as if people have not realised that there is no magic bullet for Covid prevention. We all know that none of the new prevention methods currently being tested are likely to be 100 per cent effective, and all of them will need to be used in combination with existing prevention approaches if they are to reduce the global burden of COVID-19. Different levels of prevention have to be used. Prevention strategies include measures that prevent development of diseases or interrupt progression of a disease. Primary prevention includes reduced exposure or susceptibility, while secondary prevention means early detection and treatment, whereas tertiary prevention implies limiting...

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