Can India Fight ‘Third Wave’ Of COVID-19? What Precautions Should Be Taken? Check Here
Currently, India has begun unlocking after the second Covid wave infections created a huge impact, devastating the country from the month of April this year. According to experts, the third wave is expected to strike in soon in few months.
Third-wave (also familiar as Delta plus) is related to the Delta, which has been an existing variant of concern since it was first identified in India last year through the first Covid wave, which was somehow responsible for the deadly second wave. Moreover, subsequent waves are expected, but spread and severity depend on a number of factors.
Epidemiologist Dr Lalit Kant said, “The threat of new variants derailing progress will exist as long as the virus keeps spreading. Further, we need to scale up our sequencing efforts to identify dangerous variants early and apply containment measures.” He added, “I believe that the third wave is inevitable but we can delay and contain it with appropriate measures like sequencing – to keep an eye on mutations and strictly enforcing safety protocols. If we don’t do all this, the third wave could sneak up on us faster than we can imagine.”
The level of immunity will play a vital role in the phase of the third wave. To date, 4 percent of Indians are fully vaccinated and about 18 percent have completed receiving the first dose. Further, Dr. Chandrakant Lahariya said, “If the vaccinations drives don’t speed up their process of vaccinating, millions are there, who will still remain vulnerable, although immunity from past Covid infections can protect people.”
Talking of unanimous perceptions, experts agree that the people of India cannot take Covid lightly as the country has a sizeable population and the thread of potentially deadlier variants is expected to make an appearance sooner. Further, Dr Fathahudeen said, “Just spare a thought for healthcare workers who have been battling for more than a year. We are tired, please don’t let your guard down. I am not sure if we can endure the third wave.”
The number of average daily cases in India has been seen declining steadily, coming down to just over 50,000 in recent days compared to the peaks of 4,00,000 in May. Strict lockdown measures in States have taken the country much closer to win the fight against the second wave (Delta).
Crowded markets, election rallies, and religious festivals were the main highlighted reasons behind the extensive rise in Covid infections in the second wave. Thoughtfully, if the same happens again, then it could devastate the country in a greater way. It’s important that the economy should get reopened gradually. But if we rush into reopening and don’t follow Covid protocols, we’ll only help the virus spread faster.