Head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr. Samiran Panda, said on Monday that the states that have not experienced an intense second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are now facing the increasing trend of COVID-19 cases, with early signs of the third wave.
dr. Panda said it is important not to talk about India as a whole and instead take a state-specific stance when it comes to COVID-19, as not all states are homogeneous.
“Several states started imposing COVID-19 restrictions and increased vaccinations, learning from Delhi and Maharashtra. Because of this, the second wave was not as intense in several states, leaving room for a third wave. Therefore, the increasing number of COVID -19 infections in some states are currently pointing to a third wave,” he said.
“Each state should look at their number of COVID-19 infections and their intensity in both the first and second wave of the pandemic to decide their strategy/pandemic preparedness for the possibility of the third wave,” the doctor added. ready.
At the reopening of the schools, Dr. Panda that we shouldn’t panic about that. “The fourth national serosurvey clearly shows that more than 50 percent of children are infected, slightly less than adults, so we don’t need to panic unnecessarily,” he said.
He added that the more important thing than wondering if it is safe to open schools is to prepare properly. “Teachers, parents, support staff, bus drivers and conductors must be vaccinated. It is important that the Covid Appropriate Behavior (CAB) is put in place and it is necessary to display hoards showing what CAB is. Furthermore, it is fine to reopen schools, especially in the states where the second wave was intense. However, for the states that have not experienced an intense second wave, schools should be reopened gradually and with caution,” he said.
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