Doctors pleaded with residents not to take down their guards, as the UAE on Wednesday reported 1,431 new cases of Covid-19, the highest rate ever, and this was the second day in a row that the country recorded its highest cases in one day.
Referring to how residents are starting to feel complacent, Dr. Abhelash Ramachandran Nair, a specialist in internal medicine at Aster Hospital, Al Qusais, said: “When people go to restaurants, many take off their masks while waiting for food to arrive. An excuse for people to lower their masks and start talking. "
He explained that the risk of infection is high, especially in closed places.
Doctors said that “a large number of people” are not prepared to accept the fact that this “pandemic is much more than just regular flu” and that the consequences of ignoring it could be dangerous.
Dr Rahul Mathur, Specialist Internal Medicine, Prime Medical Center, Al Nahda, Sharjah, said: “In the beginning, there was a lot of fear and panic, and the residents were avoiding social gatherings. But this initial fear of the epidemic had faded ... Earlier, it wore Some people (two) ... masks, and now they are not shy to take down their masks. There is a kind of overconfidence in people. Some people seem to think that the virus strain has weakened, but (the truth is) that the treatment part has become more powerful. "
Healthcare providers stressed that in the absence of a vaccine, masks play a vital role in limiting the spread of the virus. "Treat your mask like a vaccine," added Dr. Mathur.
Dr. Soheir Sinalabdin, a pulmonologist and respiratory specialist at Medeor Hospital Dubai, said that many people do not follow the safety measures of COVID-19.
"They don't realize that the best vaccine is a face mask. They should use it properly. Another plea is to please reduce social gatherings."
Doctors have warned of the `` epidemic fatigue '' that appears to have started as residents cut their guards.