New Delhi: The Head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr Samiran Panda on Monday said, the states which did not face an intense second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic are now with the increasing trend of COVID-19 cases, showing early signs of the third wave reported ANI.
He emphasized using a more state-specific approach when talking about COVID-19 because all the states are not homogenous.
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“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 was quoted as saying.
“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 doctor added.
About schools reopening he said that we needn’t panic unnecessarily and added that it is more necessary to prepare well rather than wondering whether it is safe or not for children.
“The fourth national serosurvey clearly shows that more than 50 percent of children are infected, a little less than adults. So, we need not panic unnecessarily,” he said.
“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 said.