“People who have not been infected with COVID-19 should be cautious and ensure they don't contract the virus. It is a dreadful disease and there is no vaccine yet. Only social distancing and wearing the mask can save you,” said leader of opposition Siddaramaiah, while condoling the death of senior politicians like former president Pranab Mukherjee and Rajya Sabha member Ashok Gasti who succumbed to the coronavirus.
Siddaramaiah, who was speaking on the first day of the monsoon session of the Karnataka legislature in Bengaluru on Monday, said, "People who have tested COVID-19 positive need not worry as only two per cent of the cases develop complications."
Recalling his ordeal, Siddaramaiah, who was hospitalised last month for COVID-19, said, "All in my family including my wife and son, my staff members got infected. We had to bring a cook from Mysuru after testing him for COVID to help us through this difficult situation.”
“The people infected suffer social boycott. Once you test positive for COVID, you get hospitalised. No family member can meet you. It is a tough phase. Once cured, you spend 14 days in quarantine,” Siddaramaiah said.
Siddaramaiah pulled the leg of KPCC chief D.K. Shivakumar, remarking that the latter who was reluctant to wear masks when in public had learnt it the hard way after being admitted for COVID-19 recently.