Here comes a dampener for those planning to get cozy with their partners in the city’s chilly and romantic weather on Valentine’s Day. The state health department has asked people to maintain a safe distance from their partners this Valentine’s Day.
Reason: It’s not just love in the air, but also the chances of contracting the deadly coronavirus and the H1N1 virus. Following the fluctuations in the city’s weather, it is not advisable to hug, kiss and shake hands, claims the health department.
One can contract disease especially H1N1 while getting too close physically. The health department has come up with its own unique way it asserts the couples should follow to express their love. According to the department, the couples should rather adopt the desi way – greet your lover with a simple Namaste or Salaam or any other way that does not involve physical contact.
According to Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr. Pravin Jadia, “After you sneeze, the H1N1 virus released stays on a hard surface for over 24 hours,” he said, adding that regularly washing hands, covering mouth while sneezing is the simplest and best ways to keep the noxious disease at bay. The department is reaching out to people and informing them about the preventive measures of the disease.
Expounding on the advice he’s been giving to couples – especially with Valentine’s Day in the view – Dr. Jadia said, “It has got nothing to do with stopping people from expressing their affection towards their loved ones on Valentine’s Day. It simply to avoid the spread of deadly diseases.”
Meanwhile, the city has heaved a sigh of relief as two students who had returned from China and were admitted to the isolation ward of MY hospital earlier this month with suspected coronavirus were tested negative and have been discharged.