Dismissing reports that the third wave of Covid-19 infections could affect children more than others, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Monday that there is no data anywhere in the world to corroborate these claims.
AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria addressing the press conference on Monday (Picture Courtesy: YouTube @PIB)
- Most healthy kids who were infected recovered without hospitalisation: Dr Guleria
- Opening lockdowns lead to the possibility of a spike in infections, Dr Guleria said
- Will be difficult for virus to reach children if more adults get vaccinated: Dr VK Paul
There is no evidence to show that the third wave of Covid-19 infections will affect children more than others, said Dr Randeep Guleria. Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, Dr Guleria made the statement while addressing the Health Ministry’s press conference on Tuesday.
“If we look at all data, including Indian data from the first and second wave or even global data, there is no data to show that either the old or new variants led to more infection among children,” said Dr Guleria.
He added, “According to the second wave data, out of all the children admitted to hospitals with Covid-19, 60-70 per cent had co-morbidities or low immunity, some were on chemo therapy. Most healthy children who were infected recovered without the need for hospitalisation.”
We see waves of infection in the case of respiratory viruses because the virus mutates and human behaviour changes during a pandemic, he said, citing the example of influenza and swine flu.
“It was seen in 1918, data shows that second wave was the biggest wave. Maximum deaths and cases were seen in the second wave but there was a smaller third wave also,” Dr Guleria said.
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“Lockdowns bring down infection but opening lockdowns lead to the possibility of a spike in infections,” said Dr Randeep Guleria.
Dr Guleria went on to add that Covid-appropriate behaviour must be adopted to break the chain of transmission.
On Monday, NITI Aayog member (health) Dr VK Paul told India Today TV, “It is uncertain that a wave would affect children specifically. Till now, children have displayed similar seroprevalence as adults, which means, they are as much affected as adults.”
Dr Paul went on to add that it would be difficult for the virus to reach children if more and more adults get vaccinated.
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