“Research has shown if no physical distancing measures are followed, one person can infect 406 people in 30 days,” an official during a press briefing on the steps taken, preparedness and updates on Covid-19. Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog’s member (health), urged citizens to not go out until absolutely necessary, wear masks even when at home and cautioned people against inviting outsiders.
"In this Covid-19 situation, please don't go out unnecessarily, and even within the family wear a mask. It is very important to wear a mask. Do not invite people into your home," Dr Paul said. "Social distancing is key and masks and sanitisers reduce risks," he added.
"If exposure through physical distancing is reduced by 50% 1 person ends up infecting only 15 people instead of 406, reducing it by 75% means 1 individual can infect only 2.5 people. We request everyone to understand this aspect, and pay attention to both clinical management and infection control," Dr Paul added.
The officials also cautioned against occupying hospital beds out of panic, asking people to get admitted only when their doctors recommend.