New Delhi: Dr Rajeev Jayadevan, co-chair of the National Indian Medical Association COVID-19 Task Force, has warned that the Covid-19 surge has raised concerns as the coronavirus is “constantly mutating” and we cannot let the infection go “unchecked”.
Jayadevan said, “Covid infection cannot remain uncontrolled because the virus is constantly mutating. We cannot allow this infection to go unchecked, however, we do not know whether the virus will change further or replace the main infection.” ANI on Tuesday
Giving the example of the delta version, he said, “There are concerns whether the old delta version will return. No one knows for sure the future. So, we really should be safe. When we say that everything is fine.” So, it is true that everything is fine from one angle – that is, the death toll per 1000 infections is less. In other words, if there have been 1,000 infections, the death toll is less than it was two years ago. But it would be surprising if we could have prevented that as well.”
Jayadevan said, “During the second wave, a large number of people were infected, leading to a drastic reduction in productivity as people became ill. The second concern that has come up now is re-infection.”
According to the co-chair of the NIA, re-infection occurs when a person is infected repeatedly. Instead of being affected once a year, re-infection occurs when people are being affected in less than a month, he said.
Elaborating further, he added, “Everyone (may be affected again and again) but it is quite possible. So, we should be extra careful and take some basic precautions when we go out daily, which means shutting down the country.” Don’t have to. Since there are viruses in the air, we must take some basic precautions. We can’t just close our eyes and say, It’s gone. It’s the wrong way to go.”
Noting that the virus is “constantly trying to outsmart us”, he said, “we need to be on top of genomic sequencing, looking for new variants when they occur and if something new and unusual happens.” , then we should stay on top. Upgrade it and our instructions.”