Is the 3rd wave of COVID 19 here? Next 2 weeks crucial for citizens as experts stress Omicron is not common cold
With a steep rise of COVID 19 cases to 58,097, India is most likely looking at the 3rd wave of COVID 19. The jump in cases in the past 24 hours was around 30 thousand. Experts stated that the next 2 weeks will be crucial for the country to fight this rising number of cases that many have termed as the ‘3rd wave of COVID 19’.
Chief Scientist of WHO, Soumya Swaminathan cautioned that the health systems can be pressured with rising cases. She said that India can see a big surge.
#Omicron is NOT the common cold! Health systems can get overwhelmed. Important to have systems to test, advise and monitor large number of patients as the surge can be sudden and huge https://t.co/YSCcYFBCB7
— Soumya Swaminathan (@doctorsoumya) January 4, 2022Advertisement
She tweeted that Omicron is not regular common cold and health systems have to be ready to test, advise and monitor a large number of patients at once.
Senior epidemiologist Giridhara Babu talked about the 3rd wave of COVID 19 to Economic times that the rising cases will see a peak between the last week of January and the 1st week of February. He further added that India is better prepared for this wave compared to the Delta wave when India saw the health structure of India crumble and fracture with low staff and a high number of patients.
Delhi and Maharashtra are the worst-hit states because of the Omicron variant. As the numbers are going up daily, doctors are calling on people to wear masks as the experts are saying the virus spreads like a ‘wildfire’.
Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain on Monday said that the genome sequencing report show the Omicron variant was found in 84% of the samples tested.
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