When the pandemic began in late 2019 and early 2020, experts already predicted the 2nd wave of cases. This prediction was based on the pattern commonly seen in other virus pandemics.
With the rising cases, India’s economy is noticing a decline, the death rates have gone up and the daily number of cases has escalated more than ever.
The opening of schools, colleges, and workplaces in major parts of the country did cause a hindrance in the flattening of the curve. Most of them followed the COVID protocols placed by the government but it’s not been possible to have proper control over public transportations. This has led to a large number of asymptomatic carriers transmitting the virus.
A new mutant strain
- When compared to 2020, there is a change in the virus strain this year. The double mutant variant has caused a significant increase in the number of infected cases. Scientists and doctors believe that this strain is 70 times more contagious than the previous one, which might even lead to the vaccines being less effective.
the process is being carried out everywhere in the world as well as in India. Due to this people are under the impression that they don’t have to be worried about the virus anymore making them careless and carefree. Public gatherings, celebrations, festivals, and parties have become very normal, and many people have stopped wearing masks as well. In reality, the vaccines can only protect you to a certain extent, it is still important to wear your masks and follow the COVID rules and regulations.
State governments measures
While most of the states in India are seeing an exponential increase in the number of cases, a total lockdown was likely in most states. The states have started taking control in various ways. Maharashtra has been facing a shortage of injections and ventilators. As the cases are on a rise the state government decided to ramp up safety measures by announcing strict lockdown.
Other states like Karnataka also made certain travel restrictions. In many states, a COVID negative test has to be given to enter the state and if he/she doesn’t have one, institutional quarantine for 2 days within which the COVID test will be conducted, this has been made mandatory.
Each state is amping up the restrictions to help flatten the curve. Measures include:
- fines for not wearing masks,
- limit on the number of people gatherings and festival celebrations
- time restrictions for private travel
- time restrictions for shops
It is hoped that all these measures combined with vaccination drives, safety norms will help us combat the deadly second wave of COVID -19.
Safety measures you can take as a social responsibility.
Stay prepared both mentally and physically for the second wave. The doctors, clinics, hospitals are working continuously to provide care, equipment, vaccines, drugs, etc to protect patients as well as the staff members.
- Always wear your masks when you are stepping out of your house.
- Do not stop taking all the COVID-19 precautions.
- Stay in touch with your local health authorities
- Make sure you stay updated with the latest information.
- Do not step out of your house if not needed.
- Consult and check in with your doctor if you have any symptoms.
- Make sure you plan and take the vaccine at the earliest.
India is facing a hard time, the health infrastructure doesn’t have the means to handle a pandemic, and it’s devastating to see the number of people suffering. You need to do your part and it’s critical to remember to be more responsible, take a test if you feel any of the symptoms, and help spread awareness about the vaccine to help flatten the curve.