JN.1 in India: Karnataka Health department’s Dos and Don’ts to prevent increase of Covid-19 cases

With a rise in Covid-19 cases in India, the Karnataka Health Department issues advisory on guidelines for people of Karnataka to follow.

ByChetana Belagere

Published Dec 19, 2023 | 1:46 PMUpdatedDec 19, 2023 | 1:46 PM

This latest Covid wave has been attributed to the new subvariant JN.1.

After meeting with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), the Karnataka government has developed a set of guidelines on what people should do to ensure that the spread of Covid-19 is mitigated.

It can be noted that Covid-19 cases have gone up in the country over the last few days after the emergence of the JN.1 subvariant in neighbouring Kerala.

With the onset of winter and Christmas/New Year festivities, the general public have been advised to comply with the precautionary measures advised by the Covid-19 TAC.

Who are the people at risk?

Karnataka government advisory

Karnataka government advisory. (Supplied)

The advisory mentions that all elderly (60 years and above), those with comorbidities (particularly with kidney, heart, liver ailments, etc), pregnant women, and lactating mothers are at risk.

What should these high-risk groups be careful of?

When outdoors, people with a higher risk should wear face masks and strictly avoid visiting closed, poorly-ventilated spaces and crowded areas.

What should people with respiratory symptoms do?

Those with respiratory symptoms like fever, cold, cough, running nose should seek medical consultation early. They should wear face masks covering their nose and mouth.

Also Read: Covid-19 cases in Kerala: 111 fresh cases, one death reported on 18 December

What should everyone do?

The advisory stated that everyone should ensure good personal hygiene, including regular handwashing. Stay away from crowded areas. Wear masks when in hospital areas.

What to do if you are unwell?

When unwell stay at home. Minimise contact with other people. Be careful about senior and those vulnerable people around you. At crowded places, particularly if not well ventilated, wear a mask.

What to do if you are travelling overseas?

If you are travelling overseas, stay vigilant. Adopt relevant travel precautions like wearing mask at the airport, inside the aircraft. Avoid crowded areas with poor ventilation.