Learn to live with virus

Dr Sim Covid
Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian

KUCHING: The Covid-19 virus is unlikely to be eradicated given its current spread and emerging variants, said Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) advisor Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian.

He said presently, Sarawakians needed to accept that they had to live with the Covid-19 virus for the time being and adapt themselves to the new normal.

“We need to acknowledge the fact that it is exceedingly unlikely for the Covid-19 virus to be eradicated. However, the Covid-19 vaccines can keep a vaccinated person safe from deaths and severe diseases,” he said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Sept 11).

Dr Sim said with the people living in the new normal, the economy must resume to protect the livelihoods of the people.

“It is time to resume work and businesses and for students to return to school to keep with their studies to protect their future,” he said.

He added sociocultural, religious and sports activities needed to begin again to protect the community’s mental and spiritual wellbeing.

“This is to a level as near normal as possible with caution without endangering the safety of the unvaccinated in our community.

“Since social or family gatherings and workplace clusters are the two major contributing factors perpetuating Covid-19 in Sarawak, we need to learn to live with new norms in our social lives and workplace,” he said.

Dr Sim said it was crucial to understand that the Covid-19 situation in the state currently was different from a year ago.

He said presently, the state was in the post Covid-19 vaccination era and was being affected by the Delta Covid-19 variant.

He added the virus had become endemic in the state with sustained transmission in the community and the people needed to live with the virus.

Dr Sim said the public needed to monitor the daily figures for Category 3, 4 and 5 cases, the number of deaths as well as use of intensive care unit (ICU) beds and the number of ventilated patients.