As India battles with the second wave of coronavirus, Principal Scientific Advisor to Centre on Friday said that the third wave of Covid may not happen in all the places or indeed anywhere at all if strong measures are taken to curb the widespread. This truly depends on how effectively the guidelines are considered to be implemented at the local level, in the states, in districts and in the cities everywhere," said Principal Scientific Advisor K Vijay Raghavan to Centre".
The massive second wave of corona virus has witnessed lakhs of cases in the country on a daily basis since over a month. Thousands of Covid deaths are also being reported till date. The health infrastructure has come under tremendous pressure with unprecedented medical emergency, as lack of beds and oxygen and desperately battle the deadly surge in infections, while morgues and crematoriums struggle to deal with a seemingly unstoppable flow of bodies. People familiarize themselves with new variants and symptoms during India's latest Covid-19 spike, hospitals in Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad are witnessing the re-emergence of a deadly fungal infection that is forcing Covid-recovered patients back into intensive care.
MUCORMYCOSIS (black fungus)
Mucormycotic, known colloquially as the black fungus, is a rare but dangerous fungal infection caused by a group of molds known as mucoromycetes, which are present naturally in the environment. They only cause serious complications when a patient has pre-existing health problems or has taken medication that compromises the immunity system and leads to worsening. This causes blindness in up to one-third of infected patients, along with excruciating pain. Other symptoms include numbness in the face, one-sided nose blockages and swelling in the eyes to the affected person.
THIRD WAVE OF COVID-19
Virologist Dr V Ravi has warned that the third wave of Covid-19 will hit children in a big way and it is time for both the Centre and state governments to chalk out the strategies and gear up to handle the situation between October and December. The government should take some important policy decisions on what is their approach towards starting school the next academic year, considering that the next wave will affect children. Kids will also be more vulnerable because they are not vaccinated yet. Are we going to test them regularly for early detection like how the western countries do? said Ravi.
The virologist also suggested the government take some stern steps to prevent the crowding of people even after the end of the second wave. Some bold steps must be taken. Any form of political and religious gatherings (festivals like EID, Diwali etc.) should not be allowed. All super spreader events like weddings must be banned completely. We cannot go on in a full-scale prioritizing livelihood and economies. We have to be extremely guarded, he said.
Proper precautions must be taken to avoid the widespread of the virus. Social gatherings must be avoided to break the chain.