Why Is The Third Wave Of COVID-19 Dangerous? What Should India’s Strategy Be?

Anyone you ask in the country, all would reply that the second wave of Coronavirus was a hazard!

Things became a major matter of concern when India’s Covid toll topped 2.5 lakhs deaths during the second wave. 

This number is about 1 lakh more than that of the first wave! 

Even as the country was battling the second wave of coronavirus, health experts across the nations have been urging widespread preparation for the third wave.

They have frequently warned the authorities that if the situation is not addressed properly, it might pose a threat to children! 

Furthermore, specialists expect that the country would be attacked by the virus’s third wave later this year and warned that children would be the most affected during the outbreak.

The Second Wave Variant

It’s not unknown that the first wave of corona in India wasn’t that big of a disaster.

We had a late outbreak, our lockdown happened on time, and fortunately, the people of our country were scared enough that they took precautions seriously.

Come April of 2021, the situation changed. 

People stopped taking adequate precautions and then the outbreak happened. 

Simultaneously our authorities weren’t ready with the required infrastructure or measures.

In fact, the authorities were careless enough to not put many strict restrictions upon tourism too.

If people could have been stopped from moving, it might have been possible to break the chain of the virus but alas, now we can only regret it!

Well coming back to the topic, what was the result of the above scenarios?

The second wave became one of disaster!

Experts believe that the B.1.617 variant is to blame for India’s severe second wave of Covid, which has infected far more children than the first.

Meaning? 

The virus is mutating! In a year, the fairly weak strain of the Covid-19 virus that didn’t affect Indians that much became one of great danger! 

The same can be said of the third wave too. News about the delta variant has been circulating in the country and yet, are we taking any precautions to safeguard against this?

We already know that tourism contributed to the disastrous second wave, so why haven’t any restrictions been put on them? 

Do we need to end up in the same situation again to understand that strict rules are required to safeguard the country?

How does India intend to deal with the third wave? 

Several governments have already begun to take steps to guarantee that safeguards for children are in place. 

  • Several states, including Delhi, Karnataka, and Maharashtra, which were the hardest impacted by the second wave, have already begun to take action.
  • To protect youngsters in the national capital, the Delhi government organized a special task team!

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal warned that if the third wave of corona appears, his government is ready to battle it ahead of time.

  • Karnataka has announced several initiatives to help youngsters manage Covid-19. While paediatric Covid care centres will be established in every area, orphan rehabilitation centres will be established.
  • BMC also plans to open a paediatric Covid care centre in Mumbai as well as a crèche network for children whose parents are receiving Covid therapy in hospitals.

All these steps have been taken but the question stands that will the implementation of these be on time? Let’s understand the reason why Covid-19 third wave is hazardous to children.

Why is the third wave posing a greater risk to children? 

As Singapore has recently reported, health experts have warned that the third wave will most certainly affect children. 

The virus will attack persons who are not immune, according to virologist Dr. V Ravi.

The conclusion from this fact?

We know that vaccination drives have been in full force in India, and comparing the Indian population with the vaccination reports, the situation isn’t that bad. 

But this success in vaccination drives has not helped in safeguarding the future of our country. 

The need of the hour is to vaccinate children below 18 as soon as possible so that when the third wave hits, we do not sit holding our heads as we did during the second wave of the pandemic.

So, when will children across the country be vaccinated?

There are now just two vaccinations available in Indian markets, neither of which includes data from child trials. 

Bharat Biotech has received approval to conduct Phase 3 trials of its vaccine for children aged 2 to 18

AstraZeneca, on the other hand, is conducting studies for its vaccine in the 6-17 age group, although no data has been released thus far. 

Pfizer, on the other hand, had stated that it was in talks with India to get its Covid-19 vaccine approved.

The above information indicates that vaccination for children is still not available. Hence there is a severe need for the Indian government to realize that the current times do not seek delay!

What Are The Third Wave Variant’s symptoms?

Nothing official has been said about the symptoms of the third wave of coronavirus. 

You may have a fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties if you come into touch with this Coronavirus Third Wave. 

For the time being, the Health Department has only stated that the third wave symptoms of corona may take time to manifest.

What should the people’s response be? 

Till the time where the government seeks ways to fight the upcoming danger, there is a need for people to safeguard themselves against it.

Below is all the information you’ll need to be safe from the third wave of Covid-19. The Health Department has issued the following recommendations for preventing the third wave of Corona: 

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap
  • If you’re going out, make sure to put on the mask and frequently use a hand sanitiser
  • Avoid touching your face or mask too often
  • Keep at least 2 yards away from the infected person
  • Cover your mouth with a cloth when coughing
  • Stay at home if your health is already compromised
  • Smoking should be avoided, as should other lung-damaging activities
  • Do not leave the house if there are no important tasks