The Punjab health department is on high alert in response to the emergence of the new Covid variant, JN.1, known for its high communicability. As a precautionary measure, the health department has mandated the use of masks in hospitals and crowded places to mitigate the risk of infection.
The advisory emphasizes the importance of continued mask-wearing in crowded areas. Hospitals have been directed to ensure that doctors, paramedics, and other healthcare workers wear masks at all times. Patients and their attendants are also required to wear masks and adhere to other safety precautions.
Civil surgeons across all districts have received guidance to take necessary steps to prevent the spread of Covid. The health department's advisory underscores the ongoing necessity of wearing masks in crowded places. It is compulsory for healthcare professionals in hospitals to wear masks, and patients are urged to follow safety guidelines.
The advisory recommends covering the nose and mouth with a handkerchief or elbow while sneezing and frequent handwashing. In case of symptoms related to respiratory distress, individuals are advised to limit personal contact. Additionally, if feeling unwell with symptoms such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, individuals are encouraged to consult a doctor, wear a mask when visiting healthcare facilities, and avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
The health department stresses the importance of not spitting in public spaces and recommends contacting the medical helpline 104 for any medical advice. Vigilance and adherence to health protocols remain crucial in the effort to curb the spread of the virus.