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Letter: A tale of two states

Editor, Gazette-Journal:

The following is a tale of two states.

Uttar Pradesh—The largest and most populated state in India. In the spring, when the Delta variant threatened devastation on their 230,000,000 mainly poor and illiterate citizens, community health care agencies formed teams of workers to scour neighborhoods to locate cases of COVID-19 and used what has been proven to be successful: rapid testing, early treatment and targeted quarantines for infected households. Each household received a basic health care kit containing a pulse oximeter, digital thermometer, masks, gloves, sanitizers and each individual received a packet of medicine: acetaminophen tablets, multivitamin tablets with zinc, vitamin C and D3 tables, Doxycycline and Ivermectin. They were contacted by phone twice a day until the cases resolved. In just weeks, infections began decreasing from over 310,000 cases at the start of the program in May to under a hundred just a few months later and virtually none ...

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