COVID-19 outbreak: Prevention better than cure

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Chandigarh: Prevention is the best strategy to combat Coronavirus, opined the experts of Allopathic, Ayurvedic, Homeopathy, Naturopathy, Dietetics, Public Health, Molecular Biology & Yoga here on Sunday, at a Round Table Conference organised by Joshi Foundation on the topic ‘Integrated / Multi Disciplinary approach to combat Coronavirus’.
For prevention experts were unanimous on boosting immunity, maintaining high standards of personal hygiene, nutritious diet and yoga exercises focused on strengthening of lung functions, detailed Vineet Joshi, Chairman, Joshi Foundation; renowned cardiologist Dr HK Bali who chaired the conference and Editor, Integrative Medicine Case Reports Prof. Akshay Anand who co-chaired.
Prof Rajendra Prasad, Former HOD, Biochemistry, PGI Chandigarh, opined that blocking the cellular entry pathway is the best way and for which research in the field of immunotherapeutics is at the advance stage.
Sharing his views on “Why & How Anti Viral drugs are not helping in treatment of Coronavirus”, Dr. Indranil Banerjee, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences, IISER Mohali said as Coronavirus keeps changing its structure, hence vaccine discovery is a big challenge. His published research shows individual’s genome is partly responsible for virus infection. This again indicates the importance of immune response.
Allopathic experts Prof Ashish Bhalla, Department of Internal Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh and Dr Vishal Bhambri, MD Medicine detailed that these viruses keep on surviving medication but need not worry as the death rate in coronavirus is pretty low. The only way to counter it is by exploring innovative methods to get back our immune system, may be by healthy lifestyle, healthy diet and specific yoga asanas. Giving utmost importance to personal hygiene by avoiding to touch MEN i.e. mouth, eyes and nose. They asked people to limit travel and avoid public gatherings as much as possible.
Ayurveda experts Vaidya Naresh Mittal, Gen. Secretary, Shri Dhanwantry Educational Society (Regd.), Chandigarh; Vaidya Ishwar Sardana, Vice President, Arogya Bharti, Punjab; Vaidya Rajeev Mehta, Ayurveda Medical Officer, Department of Ayurveda, Punjab; detailed that the only way to prevent coronavirus is by boosting the immunity through intake of Amla, Trifla and Giloy.
Homeopathy experts Dr Varinder and Dr Naveen Airi clearly specified that there is no treatment for Coronavirus. The only way to prevent is to boost immunity via homeopath medicines like Ginseng, Curcumin, ashvgandha, etc.
Naturopathy expert Dr MP Dogra from Gandhi Smarak Bhawan , Chandigarh; detailed that the only way to prevent coronavirus is boosting the immunity through intermittent fasting, controlled diet, in addition to usual care.
Dietician Sunita Malhotra, HOD, Department of Dietetics, PGI and Dietician Sonia Gandhi, Head, Dietetics Department, Fortis Hospital, Mohali emphasized that nutrition has a major role, so eat hygienic and nutritious food, take lots of water as Nimbu Pani, shikanjvi, coconut water, chacch and even normal water and increase intake of fresh fruits.
Public Health expert Dr Ravindra Khaiwal, Addl Professor, Environmental Sciences, School of Public Health, PGIMER focused on the importance of personal, work place, home and every possible hygiene levels. He added that in PGI you can get a test report in just 2 hours, so no need to panic.
Ms Amudha, Renowned Yoga Expert, Krishnamacharya Ashtanga Viniyoga and Professor, Nandita Singh Former Coordinator, Interdisciplinary Centre for Swami Vivekananda Studies Panjab University said that all sort of asanas focusing on prana region i.e. chest region will help people in improving respiratory function which is the entry point for the coronavirus.