What does the ‘second wave’ of Covid-19 means?

art-277-01Members of the public should stay vigilant as the second wave of Covid-19 might happen

Kuching has been reporting new cases of Covid-19 after it was declared as a green zone and this triggered worry among the public about the second wave of the pandemic.

So, what does it mean to have a second wave of Covid-19?

As of now, there is no official definition of when a ‘wave’ begins or ends, but it generally requires a peak in infection followed by a substantial reduction.

Thus, a new rise and peak would signal the start of another wave, meaning to say that a second wave would occur when the virus returns or when a new strain of the virus develops.

So, when a country is still in a state that it is still seeing increase in a case, it is still considered to be in the first wave. Example of this is the United States of America.

To prevent the second wave from happening, there are simple yet effective ways that members of the public can do to prevent it.

According to studies done by the University of Cambridge, simple measures such as wearing a mask at all times and combined with lockdown measures could prevent a second wave of Covid-19.

Here, State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman YB Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas announced on 13th July that additional measures will be introduced to break the chain and prevent the second wave of Covid-19.

This comes after five local transmissions were reported in Kuching in the last three days, including two cases identified as the new Kuching engineering cluster.

Those who have been in contact with positive Covid-19 cases in Kuching are called to undergo screenings at the health facilities identified.

The screenings can be done at Klinik Kesihatan Jalan Masjid, Klinik Kesihatan Tanah Putih, Klinik Kesihatan Kota Sentosa, and Klinik Kesihatan Batu Kawa between 8am to 1pm every Monday to Friday and Klinik Kesihatan Petra Jaya which is opened between 8am to 1pm every Monday to Sunday.

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