At the end of 2019, when COVID-19 Destroy the world in the most ferocious ways. Locked us all in the house. Fast forward to 2022, India and other countries. A sharp increase in the level of roaming can be controlled freely without fear of infection on our heads. But are we too reckless in our pursuit of independent life? Or is it because of a new strain of virus XBB.1.16?
India’s COVID-19 cases top 6,000 in 24 hours
The number of people infected with the coronavirus in India is growing rapidly. With 6,050 new infections reported in the past 24 hours. According to the Ministry of Public Health report As of April 7, there were 28,303 cases in the country, and the daily positive rate was 3.39 percent. 0.06 percent of total cases in India from the total number of patients There have been 3,320 cures in the last 24 hours. making the total number 4,41,85,858
Statistics indicate that there is an increasing trend in the number of people infected with COVID-19. not just today But over the past few weeks, Health Shots has reached out to industry expert Dr Jitendra Choudhary, Consultant – Intensive Care & Critical Care, Fortis Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi, Mumbai to understand the reasons behind the wave.
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Reasons behind the spread of COVID in India
So a micro-villain creeps into our lives again, but how? Experts point to several reasons for the steady increase in COVID-19 cases in India. and what you should do to protect yourself.
1. Easing appropriate behavior from COVID-19
Stop wearing masks because you think the COVID is almost over? You are not alone! Relaxation of COVID-appropriate norms has become normal after the last wave of coronavirus in India. Dr Shuthari thinks this relaxation is the main reason behind the current wave.
“As the vaccination drive continues, Some people may develop a false sense of security. and reduced infection prevention,” he added.
2. Low test rate
As many people have reduced their protection against the coronavirus in recent months. They refused to be tested for the symptoms they found. the doctor pointed out Low testing and tracking capabilities in some states. This can lead to underreporting of cases and late detection of outbreaks. This could allow the virus to spread undetected and infect more people. experts say
3. The emergence of new variables
According to leading epidemiologists and virologists The novel coronavirus XBB.1.16 may be responsible for the increase in these cases. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Continuously mutated and led to the emergence of new strains such as XBB.1.16 detected in several states of India. The new strain is believed to be more infectious compared to the previous strain.
Practicing Proper Behavior Against COVID-19 It’s important even if you’ve been vaccinated.
One of the most powerful tools against COVID-19. is a vaccine developed to fight infection While vaccination lowers your risk and may protect you from serious illness, Dr. Choudhary says it doesn’t guarantee complete protection against infection, so you can still be infected if you’re vaccinated. due to different breeds tend to evade the immune system, however, infections may not be as serious
Most progressive infections are mild or asymptomatic. And very rarely cause hospitalization or death. Therefore, vaccinated people continue to follow public health measures such as wearing a mask. social distancing and avoid crowded places Especially in areas with high rates of infection. Vaccination also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19. to others who may be at greater risk, such as those who are not vaccinated or those with underlying medical conditions by vaccination You’re not just defending yourself. but also your family and community. The expert added
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