ICMR Chief explains, young people, getting affected in the second wave
Dr. Balram Bhargava, the ICMR Chief, said there are primarily two reasons for the increase in the number of young people being infected in the ongoing second phase of the Covid-19 pandemic. Without discounting the possibility of variants playing a role, he said, “We have found that younger people are getting slightly more involved because suddenly they have gone out and there are variants also prevalent in the nation which may be affecting the younger people as well.”
The ICMR Chief was asked if the Centre is taking any steps to begin vaccination of the children who are said to be the focus of the third wave of the pandemic during a press conference held by the health ministry on Tuesday. According to Dr. Bhargava, there isn’t much of a disparity in age between the first and second waves.
“We have been analyzing the date since August. People above the age of 45 years are more vulnerable to any adverse outcome and the hospitalized mortality is around 9.6 to 9.7 percent,” he said. Despite the fact that an increasing number of young people are reporting the infection as part of the ongoing wave, which began in March, the Centre denied claims of a change in age groups in April. According to data released in April by the Centre, 31% of those affected in the first wave were under the age of 30, while the figure increased to 32% in 2021.
K Vijay Raghavan, the government’s chief scientific adviser, recently stated that the country should be prepared for a third wave of the pandemic, which can be avoided if proper precautions are taken. Since then, numerous studies have said that this wave would have a greater effect on children. The Maharashtra government has begun establishing pediatric care centers in the state in preparation for the thirtieth century.
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