The Malaysian government had effectively fought the tide of the corona virus pandemic. This is an occasion of pride, an achievement by the government of Malaysia.Malaysia now is in the ranks of nations among those nations who were able to contain the transmission of virus. At the outset of the out break, they made mistakes, but quickly rectified the situation and effectively stemmed the tide. The Malaysian Police Force must be highly commended for the great efforts to check and enforce the Restricted Movement Order, which abated the pandemic. At the out set the government had difficulty to stop the gathering of Muslim at mosque such as the Seri Petaling mosque, which was handle tactfully.
More recently the cases of infected persons seem to spike again, refereed to as the second wave. This time around it may confound policy makers as to how to address the second wave . It seems that a virus which a million times smaller that the human being has become an indomitable enemy of National interest: What have go wrong awry this time? Will the lock down be implemented again.Will the second wave rock the economy?
This is the same question that every one will pose by most nations even as in China, Hong Kong, India and Europe . In the first wave the successful abating can be attributed to :
a) the effective quarantine program,
b) the face masking,
c) social distancing and
d) †temperature reading taken at entry point.
What more or what else should be done to avoid pandemic to reoccur? What other measures have been overlooked to avoid the re-occurrence? Lets review the gaps in the policies that allowed the virus to afflict the nation again.
Correct Interpretation by Media
We need Correct Interpretation by Media of the advises givento the Prime Minister of Malaysia by Dr Jemilaih. The media is incorrect, such as : Stop the Disinfectant Chambers.Dr Jemilah did not say that Disinfectant chambers are harmful but rather stop the use of harmful disinfectants. As we know that many chambers now use disinfectants which are not chemical based and are harmless to the human body.
Discrediting the Disinfectant Chamber and not the disinfectant will cause harm to the nation. Disinfectant Chambers using good disinfectant will help to protect groups in places of worship, work place, shopping centers and even the homes. The only other tool left to combat the virus are wearing face mask , social distancing, taking temperatures, has left a gap for the virus to come back .
Where are the gaps:
a) A cough by an infected person without a face mask will leave the air with Air borne viruses, which will remain in the air for some time. The wearing of face mask does not effectively stop them from inhaling the air borne viruses. The Face mask only stops a person who is coughing virus from spreading.No consideration have been given to this aspect of spread of infection
b) Another form of spreading of the infection is via the shoe soles. As of now nothing is being done to stop via the shoes, Presently the focus is to sanitize the hands and not the feet. Again another gap is laid open for the virus to make a come back can be observed in the Italian experience and studies have shown that the pathogen spread via the soles of shoes We have done nothing in these aspect of transmission of virus.
How to close the Gap
The disinfectant chambers, using of disinfectant which are harmless and effective will help to disinfect the shoes and will stop the air from being air borne with viruses.As any one passing through these chambers@ tunnels are sanitized from head to the feet and afterwards wearing the mask will remove the gaps for the virus to make a come back.
The disinfectant chambers will preserve the sanitized areas from being infected as the virus that are air borne will be eliminated and anyone passing through a chamber and wearing a mask will continue to preserve the sanitized condition of work space, places of worship et al.
These gaps have to be closed before the nation is brought to its knees again.We cannot afford another lock down, as we have bleed financially as a nation and as individuals, another lock down will be a disaster of untold scale.
Now many schools , governmental departments are reluctant to use the disinfectant chamber. because of the many misunderstood the standing advise given by Dr Jemilah, primarily due to the errs of the media .The media should revisit her advice and rewrite her advise .