On Tuesday AIIMS Delhi Director DR. Randeep Guleria stated that there is no data, either from India or globally to show that children will be vigorously affected in any next waves of covid 19.
While Addressing in a joint press conference on the COVID-19 situation here, Dr. Guleria mentioned it is a piece of misinformation that subsequent waves of the COVID-19 pandemic are going to cause austere sickness in children.
He said, “There is no data – either from India or globally – to show that children will be seriously infected in subsequent waves.”
He also said that 60-70 percent of children were infected and got admitted to the hospitals for treatment during the second wave of coronavirus in India, had either comorbidities or low immunity and healthy children recovered with mild sickness without the need of hospitalisation.
“Waves normally occur in pandemics caused due to respiratory viruses – the 1918 Spanish Flu, H1N1 (swine) flu are examples. The second wave of 1918 Spanish Flu was the biggest, after which there was a smaller third wave,” the AIIMS director said.
“Multiple waves occur when there is a susceptible population. When a large part of the population acquires immunity against the infection, the virus becomes endemic and infection becomes seasonal – like that of H1N1 that commonly spreads during monsoon or winters. Waves can occur due to change in the virus (such as new variants). Since new mutations become more infectious, there is a higher chance for the virus to spread.”
He also urges people to strictly follow the norms of COVID appropriate behaviour.
He also said that “Whenever the covid cases increase, there is a fear in people and human behaviour changes. People should strictly follow the norms of COVID-appropriate behaviour and non-pharmaceutical interventions which will help to break the chain of transmission. But when unlocking resumes, people tend to think that not much infection will happen and tend to not follow COVID appropriate behaviour. Due to this, the virus again starts spreading in the community, leading potentially to another wave.”
If we have to stop subsequent waves, we need to aggressively follow COVID appropriate behaviour until we can say that a significant number of our population is vaccinated or has acquired natural immunity. When enough people are vaccinated or when we acquire natural immunity against the infection, then these waves will stop. The only way out is to strictly follow COVID appropriate behaviour,” he added.
86,498 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in last 24 hours added by Luv Agarwal, joint secretory of union health ministry.
“There is almost 79 per cent decline in cases since the highest reported peak in daily new cases. Last week, there was 33 per cent decline was seen in overall reported cases and 322 districts have seen a decline in daily cases in the last one month,” he said.
He also added that “Overall recovery has increased to 94.3 per cent (both home isolation +medical infrastructure) and 6.3 per cent overall decrease in positivity between June 1 to June 7. There is a 33 per cent decline in the number of cases in the last one week and a 65 per cent reduction in active cases. There are 15 states with less than 5 percent positivity.”