The Lowest and the Highest Risks for Corona Virus Infection: NRNA Health Committee Stratifies Risks
LOS ANGELES: The health committee of the non-resident Nepali Association (NRNA) has prepared guidelines for general people to use while going out to Public Places and while using Public transportation.
“The risk of getting infected remains extremely high in the majority of cities around the world. Though the risks for the transmission of Corona infection has not abated, it is important for the public to know which place has the lowest risk and which has the highest risk of the infection,” said Dr. Sanjeeb Sapkota, the chair of the Health Committee of NRNA.
According to the Guidelines, the virtual-only activities, events, and gatherings have the lowest risk; Indoor and smaller outdoor gatherings in which individuals from different households remain spaced at least 6 feet apart have the moderate risk; medium-sized in-person gatherings that are adapted to allow individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and with attendees coming from outside the local area have the highest risk.
According to the Guideline, the public transportation system in Nepal such as buses, mini-vans, minibusses) and in several densely populated cities of the worlds such as trains, metros and subways are a high-risk environment because the high number of people in a confined space with limited ventilation, the compact seating arrangement in transportation vehicles like microbus, local bus, etc., the tendency of public transportation services to overcrowd vehicles, no access to control measures in identifying the potentially sick person, many surfaces being common to public touches (ticket counters, seats, handrails, doorknobs, etc.
The guidelines advise the governments, decision-makers, transport organizations and unions of buses, trains, underground transport systems, and passenger rights and advocacy groups should work closely to plan and decide the safety measures ahead of time for all public transport systems.
The guideline on Public Places lists places that are essential for the public to visit for their daily livelihood including the grocery stores, hospitals, pharmacy, parks, and banks and advises ways people can avoid being infected when visiting these places.
The guidelines are drafted using multiple credible sources and in consultation with experts from different countries by Dr. Kenopama Gyawali and they are reviewed by Dr. Sidhhartha Bhandari, Ms. Aliza KC Bhandari, and Mr. Gobinda Shrestha. The layout and design are done by Mr. Rupak Lamichhane.