Karnataka Government Issues Advisory to Safeguard Public Health Amidst Rising Covid-19 Concerns


In response to the escalating Covid-19 situation across the nation and the emergence of the JN.1 sub variant in neighboring states such as Kerala and Tamil Nadu, the Karnataka State Technical Advisory Committee has proactively issued vital guidelines aimed at ensuring public safety.

The committee underscores the need for heightened caution among specific population groups, particularly elderly individuals aged 60 years and above, as well as those with underlying health conditions such as kidney, heart, and liver ailments, pregnant women, and lactating mothers. Mandating the use of face masks when venturing outdoors, these individuals are strongly advised to avoid closed, poorly ventilated spaces, and crowded areas to mitigate the risk of exposure.

Furthermore, individuals displaying respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, cold, or a running nose are urged to promptly seek medical consultation. The advisory emphasizes the imperative of wearing face masks covering both the nose and mouth, coupled with avoiding enclosed areas with poor ventilation and crowded places.

The advisory also stresses the significance of maintaining robust personal hygiene practices, with frequent hand washing identified as a key preventive measure in reducing virus transmission. Those unwell are advised to stay at home and minimize contact with others, especially seniors and vulnerable individuals, while wearing masks in crowded places, particularly those lacking proper ventilation, is strongly recommended.

For individuals contemplating international travel, the committee urges heightened vigilance and strict adherence to travel precautions. This includes the mandatory wearing of masks at airports, inside aircraft, and avoiding crowded areas with insufficient ventilation.

The Karnataka State Technical Advisory Committee’s advisory serves as a poignant reminder of the critical role individual responsibility and adherence to safety protocols play in the ongoing battle against Covid-19. By conscientiously following these guidelines, we can collectively contribute to stemming the spread of the virus and safeguarding the health and well-being of our communities. Stay safe, stay vigilant.

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