Srinagar, 1 May 2020
The medical experts on Friday said that pollen emerging from Russian poplar trees doesn’t a pose a threat of being a carrier of deadly virus and that people should use masks while out of their homes.
With the growing cases of coronavirus in union territory of Jammu and Kashmir particularly in Kashmir, people from different parts were under tight grip of fear as the spring pollen and other plants have stated to blossom and can increase the effectiveness of coronavirus and may act as carrier and contract a huge population silently.
While the medical experts have dispelled the apprehensions by people that pollen especially generated from Russian poplar trees would act a Covid carrier. They said that there is no study as on date to prove that pollen would act as carrier.
Talking exclusively to news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), Dr Naveed Shah, Head Of The Department (HOD) Chest Disease (CD) Hospital said that there is no study about COVD-19 can attack the pollen (Cotton like substance) and get transmitted.
He said during this pandemic situation government has already issued advisory asking people to wear mask and has made it mandatory when someone is out (not indoors).
“A person is wearing mask, even if a cotton comes in contact how come he would be affected by Covid-19 when the protective gear is already on. “Once you’re wearing a mask even if Covid attacks, the cotton (pollen) won’t impact the individual”, Dr Naveed said.
Pertinently, during the spring season the Russian poplars shed seeds coated with cotton-like tufts of seed hair, which have the potential to cause allergies.
While during the ongoing pandemic situation persisting due to Coronavirus that has engulfed a huge population, people have been apprehensive that the cotton shed from trees may turn to be a cause of worry for people and it might act as silent carrier of COVID-19.
Its recalled that earlier news agency—KNO reported a story about in COVID-19, pollen a new worry for Kashmir taking medical experts advice following which the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir order the axing of all Russian poplar trees (Female).
A Public Interest Ligation (PIL) was filed in High court Srinagar against the regular felling of tress, later, the court directed to gather expert advice about the impact of pollen in times of coronavirus, which is yet to be put in public domain