Daily Covid tests continue to recede in Pakistan

NIH data shows infectivity rate stands at 0.49%: US govt offers help to people with weak immune system to avoid infections

By: News Desk
Published: 09:14 AM, 30 Jan, 2023
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The everyday Covid-19 tests have taken a deep plunge as Pakistan registered another 15 infections with no fatality during the last 24 hours (Sunday), showed the figures released by the National Institute of Health (NIH) on Monday morning, reported 24NewsHD TV channel.

The number of daily tests have fallen sharply as Pakistan reported over 3,066 tests as compared to previous day’s nearly 5,000 tests.

According to the NIH data, the death toll in the country remained the same at 30,640 whereas the number of total infections now rose to 1,576,285 after adding the 15 new cases. 

During the last 24 hours (Sunday), 3,066 tests were conducted throughout Pakistan whereas the positivity ratio stood at 0.49 percent. The number of patients in critical care stood at 11.

US offers help to at-risk people to avoid infections 

People whose immune systems don't work well because of disease or medications have lost their best defence against Covid-19. Although the monoclonal antibody Evusheld was never widely used by the immunocompromised, it promised to provide six months of protection against infection.

Now, though, more than 90% of circulating variants of the virus that causes Covid-19 are resistant to the drug. The US Food and Drug Administration officially announced that Evusheld is no longer authorized to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection in the US.

People who are immunocompromised, perhaps because of blood cancer treatment or an organ transplant, are unlikely to mount a strong response to a Covid-19 vaccine.

How to avoid COVID-19 infection

Federal agencies recommend that these people stay up to date on vaccines, but there are additional measures they can take to avoid infection.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that people who are immunocompromised or who can't get a COVID-19 vaccine:·         Have a plan for what to do if they or a family member becomes ill, such as how to isolate, how to cope with a positive SARS-CoV-2 test, how to ask for help with childcare, work and other responsibilities;

·         Wear high-quality, well-fitting masks, usch as N95 or KN95 masks.

·         Maintain a physical distance from other people indoors without sacrificing social activities that might support mental well being. 

·         Improve ventilation by opening windows and running fans 

·         Filter indoor air with an HVAC system or portable high-efficiency particulate air cleaner

·         Spend more time outdoors

·         Wash hands frequently

·         Get tested as soon as symptoms appear. The government is offering four free tests per household this winter.

·         Quickly contact a health care provider, health department, or community health

·         center after a positive test to learn about treatment options, such as antivirals. Treatments are only effective if started within 5 days of symptom onset.

·         CDC recommends that immunocompromised persons with COVID-19 isolate for at least 10 days and check with their health care provider before ending isolation.–USA Today

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