Covid is very around … you need to be vigilant for at least 6 months: NK Arora

The Covid-19 pandemic isn’t over yet, but the numbers are declining. NK Arora, Head of the Covid-19 Working Group at the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI), tells Tena. At least until December. Edited excerpt:

Is Covid-19 on the verge of ending in India?

It’s very around. In some countries around the world, more than 100,000 cases occur daily. There are numerous Covid-related deaths in several countries. There are cases in India as well. More importantly, if you are hospitalized for another illness and become infected with Covid, your risk of death is very high. Looking at the current scenario, complacency can creep up. I think we need to stay vigilant. Mutations in this virus have been found to continue to generate new variants, so they will occur for at least 6 months.

What should be the strategy to ensure that the situation is managed?

We maintain proper behavior, but we need to avoid or pay particular attention to social gatherings. Everyone eligible for a prophylactic dose should proceed with the prophylactic dose, and children who have not yet received the first or second dose should also take them.

India has just discovered the B.4 and B.5 subvariants of Omicron. The same subvariant is responsible for the new wave in South Africa.

B.4 and B.5 have only been found in this country in the last two weeks. These are isolated. In this world, if mutations occur everywhere, you can almost be confident that it’s only a matter of time. You will find the variant in Japan as well. We carefully monitor the status and behavior of viruses in other countries. But more important to us is to closely track the behavior and patterns of this virus from a contagious point of view. The spread of the infection, the possibility of serious illness, the need for hospitalization These are the first days, and it will continue to be at the highest level of vigilance for the very coming months, how B.4 and B will be done. That’s why you need to confirm. 5 Actions in India. We have strengthened genome monitoring through sewage monitoring. This also indicates that the system is ready.

What are the challenges you foresee in the fight against Covid?

A key challenge is to maintain discipline and concern at the population level that Covid should not feel over. We need an ongoing awareness program to warn the community that it’s not over yet. Our surveillance strategy is a challenge for the future.

Many offices aren’t working at 100% capacity yet, is it a good time to allow it?

At my personal level, I feel that I need to be vigilant. We need to do our best to resume and revive our daily lives. But it’s just as important to prevent all precautions and guards from being thrown away … office environment-these are air-conditioned closed environments and the air is recirculated within the system-infection It may spread.

How’s school?

Schools should never be closed now. Many fallouts occur when schools are closed. Both intellectual and cognitive disabilities occur when schools remain closed. Therefore, there is no doubt that the school will be closed.


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