Head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Samiran Panda, stated on Monday that the states which didn’t face an intense second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are actually with the rising development of COVID-19 instances, exhibiting early indicators of the third wave.
Dr Panda stated that you will need to not speak of India as a complete and to as a substitute take a state-specific view when speaking about COVID-19 as a result of all of the states should not homogenous.
“Several states began imposing COVID-19 restrictions and increased vaccinations, learning from Delhi and Maharashtra. Due to this, the second wave in several states was not as intense, leaving scope for a third wave. Therefore, the increasing number of COVID-19 infections in some states presently is indicating a third wave,” he stated.
“Every state should look into their number of COVID-19 infections and its intensity in both the first and the second wave of the pandemic to decide about their strategy/pandemic preparedness for the possibility of the third wave,” the physician added.
On the reopening of the colleges, Dr Panda stated we must always not panic about it. “The fourth national serosurvey clearly shows that more than 50 per cent of children are infected, a little less than adults. So, we need not panic unnecessarily,” he stated.
He added that the extra vital factor than questioning if or not it’s protected to open colleges is to arrange nicely. “Teachers, parents, supporting staff, bus drivers and conductors should be vaccinated. It is important that the Covid Appropriate Behaviour (CAB) is implemented, and it is necessary to display hoarding showing what CAB is. Other than that, it is fine to reopen schools, especially in the states where the second wave was intense. However, for the states which didn’t experience an intense second wave, the schools should be reopened gradually and with caution,” he stated.
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