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    Experts see community spread of COVID-19 in India

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    ​Community spread
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    ​Community spread

    In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian government has insisted that there is no community spread. But epidemiologists, public health practitioners and experts in preventive and social medicine have issued a joint statement that “community transmission is already well-established across large sections or sub-populations in the country”.

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    ​Lack of expertise
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    ​Lack of expertise

    Had the Government of India consulted epidemiologists who had better grasp of disease transmission dynamics compared to modelers, it would have perhaps been better served.

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    ​Bureaucratic bungle
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    ​Bureaucratic bungle

    It added that India was paying a heavy price both in terms of a humanitarian crisis and disease spread because of policy makers having relied overwhelmingly on general administrative bureaucrats, instead of engaging with expert technocrats in the areas of epidemiology, public health, preventive medicine and social science.

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    ​Home-treatment

    Noting that most Covid-19 cases were either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, the associations recommended treatment of most cases at home instead of hospitalisation.

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    Recommendations

    The associations made 11 recommendations including replacing lockdown with cluster restrictions, scaling up diagnostic facilities to test, trace, track and isolate, sentinel and active surveillance to identify hot spots or clustering, avoiding social stigma, and protective gear for health workers.

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