KOLKATA: If you are having a coughing fit or sneezing, it is a good idea to stay home.
There are two ways to deal with viral pneumonia: Get a new airway or a mask.
Both options will help prevent viral pneumonia.
Both are safe and do not require treatment.
But they are not as effective as having an airway.
The most important thing is that you get an airways or mask and treat it as soon as possible, said Dr. Ankit Pradhan, president of Kolkata-based Global Medical Services, a private hospital and healthcare facility.
If you have a cough or sneeze, you should stay home until you get a better airway, said Pradha, who is also the chairman of the Indian Institute of Medical Sciences.
You need to get an open airway to prevent viral pulmonary edema and infection of the airways and lungs.
If you get pneumonia, it will go away, he added.
However, Pradhans recommendation is to stay at home.
He said people who are not physically fit and have trouble breathing are more likely to become sick.
Pradhan said in India, most people are too lazy or distracted to go outside and take a walk.
It is better for the people who have respiratory problems, who have to spend time in a hospital, to go out in a car, he said.
Dr. Sudipta Gupta, chief of the paediatric respiratory department at the Kolkatax Medical College, said most people do not feel comfortable walking outside to take a break and take their breath.
They feel more comfortable sitting down and staying in a room with the air coming in from the outside, he pointed out.
A cough or snort is considered a respiratory infection and should be treated with antibiotics.
The same goes for sneezes.
If the sneeez is not treated with anti-rung medications, it can lead to bacterial pneumonia, Pradyesh Pandey, chief medical officer of the state-run government health department, said.
In India, the number of deaths due to viral pneumonia has risen to 4,000 from 1,300 in 2011, according to the National Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases.
Pandey said the new coronavirus is causing more deaths than the pandemic that preceded it.