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The Second Wave of Covid

The Second Wave of Covid

By the middle of February, health workers at an expansive hospital were beginning to believe that the coronavirus pandemic’s deadly surge was rapidly easing. There were only 28 patients in the Covid-19 ward of the 1,000-bed non-profit Kasturba Hospital in Wardha, Maharashtra – down from 180 patients at the peak of the pandemic last summer. The intensive care unit (ICU) was empty for the first time in months.

A third of the 300 beds in the Covid-19 ward had been moved out to other wards to accommodate patients suffering from other diseases, But the sense of relief among the doctors and nurses turned out to be cruelly short-lived. Because the second wave of covid has hit the country and reporting 2 lakh cases on a daily basis.

STATES REACTION

On one hand, the state’s government is implying lockdown, curfews, and on the other hand government also allowing religious gatherings, I know you’ve heard about Kumbh Mela, where almost 1.25 lakh people tested positive for covid.

Also, many politicians are still doing roadshow, rally and breaking all the covid rules, they are not wearing a mask they are not following protocols, it looks like the common man have different rules, and politician or people in power have different rules.

HOW DEADLY IS 2ND WAVE

Many experts believe India is facing the threat of a devastating and deadlier second wave of the virus, The doubling rate of infection or the amount of time it takes for the number of coronavirus cases to double – was down to less than 170 days on 30 March, from a high of 590 days on 28 February. The last time infections were doubling in less than 170 days was in November

The second wave is spreading much, much faster than the first, as visible in this graphic. Many experts believe the surge is partly fuelled by new strains of the coronavirus, including a more infectious homegrown variant found in 61% of samples genome sequenced in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state. The laxity in preventive measures, coupled with the presence of new variants, has resulted in a nationwide crisis. Many states are reporting shortages of hospital beds, oxygen supply, medicines, even space in morgues and crematoriums.

What is still unclear is whether the second wave is manifesting in different demographic and clinical outcomes. Also, the young people are getting more infected, from December almost 60% were below 45 age.

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Praveen Yadav

19 | Bibliophile and quaint | Full-Time Coder, Occasional Writer | Analytical Journalist at NDTV | Political and Psychological

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