Corona : Virologist T Jacob John has said that only if the number of daily cases of Covid-19 in India remains low and stable for 4 weeks, it can be considered that the corona virus infection is ‘endemic’ (locally spread disease). entering phase.
- Corona in India is not a disease spreading locally but spreading disease
- Virologist T Jacob John said that you have to wait for 4 weeks
- The current situation cannot be declared ‘endemic’.
New Delhi: In India, new cases of corona are continuously coming to the fore. At the same time, there is also a decline in the death toll. The infection rate also remains at a low level. In such a situation, renowned virologist T Jacob John has said that only if the number of daily cases of Covid-19 in India remains low and stable for 4 weeks, it can be considered that the corona virus infection is ‘endemic’ (local spread). disease) is entering the stage of
- The number of cases is seen on the graph
John said that when the number of cases in a community is shown on a graph, the system of increasing, peaking and decreasing of the number of cases is called an epidemic and the horizontal steady state of the number of cases. It’s called endemic. When this epidemic system is formed again, it is called a wave.
- Cannot declare endemic status yet
Therefore, unless the number of cases remains low and stable with slight fluctuations for 4 weeks, we cannot declare it as endemic, he said. John said that the Omicron wave is weakening rapidly and in a few days we can record the least number of cases, but we will have to wait for 4 weeks before we can be sure about the endemic phase. John said that just as Omicron surprised us, another strange appearance could surprise us again.
- Less chance of more dangerous variants coming
At the same time, the former director of the Center of Advanced Research in Virology, Indian Council of Medical Research said that it cannot be predicted, but can only be estimated. He predicted that the endemic phase would last for several months and there was little chance that something more infectious than Omicron and more dangerous than Delta would emerge.
- have to mold themselves with the virus
Epidemiologist and Executive Director of Delhi-based Foundation for People-Centric Health Systems Dr. Chandrakant Laharia said whether or not Covid-19 is entering the endemic phase in India, its relevance from the general public point of view is limited. Laharia said that people will have to adapt themselves to new ways of living with the virus depending on the level of risk. Nothing should stop due to Covid-19.