Experts advise to stay focused on safety measures during easing of quarantine
Despite the fact that the number of coronavirus cases in Kazakhstan is decreasing, experts recommend to stay focused and observe with all necessary preventive measures. Director of the National Public Health Center Damir Kobzhasarov said that people of 65 years of age and older should limit their movements, since they are at high risk of being infected.
“Stabilization of the situation in the country does not mean that coronavirus spread is over, and we can come back to normal life. Recommendations for all of us remain the same. They are related to the basic hygiene rules preventing infections. It is necessary to frequently wash your hands with soap and water or use disinfectants. People should maintain physical distance of at least one meter in public places and seek medical treatment if they have the disease symptoms. People in Kazakhstan should get used to these rules, I think. The main safety rules are, first of all, maintenance of social distance, wearing masks and gloves on the streets and in public places as well as antiseptic protection. You should stay focused,” he highlighted.
Quarantine measures that were imposed in the beginning of July due to the deterioration of the epidemiological situation, have been gradually eased in Kazakhstan starting August 17. Healthcare experts reminded that along with resuming activities of some small and medium-sized business entities, it is necessary to understand that COVID-19 keeps circulating, given that majority of the infected carry the virus in mild or asymptomatic form. You should not forget about the importance of taking precautions to protect yourself from coronavirus.
“Since the beginning of this disease, we have, our colleagues in headquarters – dr. Mike Ryan and others that keep reminding us what are the key principles or key precautionary measures that a person can take in order to avoid being infected. Аnd they're very simple measures such as hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, physical distancing, remaining home when you fall sick, etc, call your healthcare professional once you are sick. So, there's a number of very simple recommendations. What we have to do, we have to remain very aware of how can we prevent infecting ourselves and how can we then make sure that we also don't infect others, if we have the belief that we have been exposed to the disease,” said Head of the World Health Organization Country Office in Kazakhstan Dr. Caroline Clarinval.
Technical Officer of the WHO Dr. Vitali Stetsyk added that everyone is responsible for the fight against COVID-19 spread. It does not matter where you live, where you work or how old are you, every person has to become a link that breaks the infection chain.
“I think here the population can play an important role and help us decongest the health care system and make sure that there is sufficient capacity for the severely and critically ill,” he said.