Responding to a question on the possible impact of the third wave on children, AIIMS director Randeep Guleria told a press conference that there is no evidence yet that children will have serious infections or that there will be more cases in the upcoming wave. Kovid-19 K.
“The first and second wave data show that children are generally protected from kovid and even if they get it, they have a mild infection,” he said.
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However, he said that children have suffered collateral damage during the epidemic due to education, stress and mental issues, dependence / addiction on smartphones, and disrupted educational opportunities.
Children’s education in rural areas has also been affected.
“If we look at the data of the first and second waves, it is very similar and shows that children are usually safe and if they are found, they only have a mild infection. And the virus has not changed so There is no indication that children will be more affected in the third wave. ”
And it is hypothesized that the virus enters the body through ACE receptors and that these receptors are relatively low in children compared to adults.
It is a hypothesis as to why the infection has decreased in children, he said.
“Those who made this theory said that the children had not been affected so far, so they would probably be the most affected in the third wave. But there is no evidence yet that the children will have serious infections or there will be more cases in the upcoming wave, “Guleria said.
The comments come against the backdrop of some experts who highlight the need for preparedness warnings that children may be more affected by the third wave than adults.
The Indian Academy of Pediatrics recently stated that although children appear susceptible as adults, “it is very unlikely that the third wave will affect children primarily or exclusively”.
The National Child Rights Protection Commission (NCPCR), the country’s top child rights body, has said that as the third wave of Kovid-19 is expected to arrive in the country, the Center and the states should speed up their preparations for the protection of children and newborns.
In a letter to Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, NCPCR President Priyank Kanungo said that the ongoing second wave of the Kovid-19 pandemic is slightly affecting the number of young people and that a third wave is expected to enter the country, children. Will also affect
Underlining the urgent need to reorganize the National Emergency Transport Service (NETS), Kanungo requested the Ministry of Health to issue necessary instructions for service and ambulances, especially for newborns and children.
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