The COVID-19 expert panel on the Government of India had predicted a couple of days earlier the much feared Third Wave with the pandemic could come from the month of September maybe in August 2021 which is likely to peak in October. The panel sounded a sinister warning that daily cases could reach four or five hundred thousand (lakh) if not more, and accordingly they recommended further strengthening from the health infrastructure on the country with regard to ICU beds, beds with ventilators and oxygen. There has also been a fear it may infect numerous children and many states of India happen to be on the job of producing more pediatric facilities in hospitals. The panel, however, said there is certainly still deficiency of data to substantiate such a fear. In the meantime the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) had already approved India-made Zydus Cadila’s Zycov-D vaccine for emergency use for the children above the era of 12 as well as the vaccination process is prone to start in the month of September 2021. This can be a big boost for reopening high schools, but no breakthrough has been created so far to vaccinate children below 12 with the result that the reopening of primary school hangs in uncertainty that’s been affecting children on the rural areas severely, developing a digital divide in the nation.
Although the warnings in the panel come as being a timely factor to encourage people to choose vaccination and continue on following the COVID protocols strictly and further strengthen the sector, it could actually also be described as over-cautious approach in light of so what happened in the disastrous second wave. This assertion is because the fact that it’s still not certain if your second wave had indeed concluded; it is possible to fluctuations in daily cases in at the least six states including primarily Kerala and Maharashtra while in from the rest in the country the spread has essentially been controlled. Further, the fluctuations from the country’s daily cases have largely been on account of Kerala and Maharashtra, although the new variant Delta Plus has infected around 60 people in Maharashtra it like a variant of doubt and its likely spread isn’t yet confirmed even though extensive genome investigations. These are indeed hopeful trends and it also would be the most sensible thing to happen for the pandemic-ravaged country in the event the third wave is effectively prevented.
In this perspective comes the statement made for the Indian media with the Chief Scientist from the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Soumya Swaminathan the COVID-19 pandemic in India might have reduced for an endemic as being the fluctuations in daily cases have already been confined to only limited areas high has been no exponential surge in infections inside last 2-3 months. She, however, cautioned that large chunks with the Indian population are still subject to infections as being the fully vaccinated people from the country is hardly 10%, so the rate of vaccination has to be speeded up immediately. In support of her theory the fluctuations in daily cases are actually found being limited to a couple of geographical areas only even as already mentioned, and he or she further asserted such fluctuations are planning to continue. Here, we’ve got to mention the immunity data we presented within an earlier piece the spot that the immensity in the second wave was established regarding huge number of deaths and infections anywhere in the country, not officially endorsed.
Dr. Swaminathan’s endemicity probability theory is a mixed news for many people all. The good news part of it is how the third wave might not exactly possibly invade america as feared, plus the disappointing part is the SARS-Cov-2 virus is not going to leave us alone. This brings us for the meaning and implications of the endemic. The endemic is really a disease that stays always in particular areas of a country, yet it’s mostly predictable as far because number of affected people and also the specified areas concerned. The WHO defines endemicity as “the constant and usual prevalence of your disease or infectious agent in a very population inside of a geographic area”. There are more when compared to a dozen endemic diseases in India including most prominently Malaria, virus-driven Hepatitis, chikungunya, chicken pox and rabies, dengue, kala-azar, scabies leprosy, encephalitis, viral fever, cholera among others some of which will take the form connected with an epidemic on occasion. Even Diarrhoea sometimes becomes an epidemic from an endemic.
There are differences between endemic, epidemic and pandemics: the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) clarifies it as a, “a disease is endemic when its presence or usual prevalence inside population is constant. When the cases commence to rise, it really is classified as a possible epidemic. If this epidemic has become recorded in a number of countries and areas, it’s called a pandemic”. In case, the COVID-19 pandemic has indeed become an endemic in India the ways to control its likely spread within or outside the desired areas and forestall serious disease and deaths have to be readied beforehand. As we mentioned earlier an endemic can again become an epidemic and God forbid, taking into consideration the highly infectious nature from the Delta variant it may quickly convert itself in to the form of any pandemic.
Whatever unfolds within the near future, we have to get ourselves vaccinated as soon as possible the responsibility in which continues to rest while using Government of India, also it is almost conclusively proved that this vaccines can prevent hospitalization and mortality, or even infections or rarely re-infections; we are seeing deliberations about giving vaccine booster shots to those who had taken the vaccine a lot more than six months back throughout the world; and that we have to continue with wearing masks, adhere to hand hygiene and keep social distancing as much as possible without despairing for how long. We must accept which the virus is rarely going to leave us alone depending on scientific data, and now we can do merely positively hope for the best within the coming time.
Chinmay Chakravarty is usually a professional specialized from the creative field with more than two decades of experience in journalistic writing, media co-ordination, film script writing, film dubbing, film & video making, treating international film festivals and editing of books & journals. Proficient in providing professional services over these related fields. Was a political candidate of Indian Information Service and superannuated from your post of Director, Press Information Bureau, Kolkata in November, 2019. Published his first solo book ‘Laugh and Let Laugh’ in 2017 with his fantastic second book ‘The Cheerless Chauffeur and Other Tales’ in 2021.