Has Covid reached its Endemic Stage in India?

NEW DELHI: There seems to be a stage of endemicity with the Covid-19 in India. The endemic stage in the country will make the citizens live along with the virus if the virus doesn’t mutate and the citizens take both the vaccine doses. All of which depends on the Covid behaviour and precautions. 

Dr Soumya Swaminathan believes that a nationwide third wave is unlikely. Cases are currently stagnant, but they might increase in the future with a few ups and downs in a few areas. Predictions cannot be made since the virus is unpredictable and is currently in the Delta stage, which is more transferable than the Alpha virus. 

Dr Soumya has also said that it is possible that the third wave affects children more in numbers, but not as severe as the second wave. According to the chief scientist, Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin will receive the authorisation for emergency purposes by September. 

According to the National Institute of Disaster Management, the current focus is to prevent and prepare for the third wave since the daily Covid cases have decreased with an increase in the positivity rate. The coming days will be crucial, as winter is yet to arrive, preparing for the third wave is essential so that there are ample beds, medicines, oxygen cylinders, hospital staff and above all, vaccination.

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