Dr. Randeep Guleria, Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director stated on Tuesday that there isn’t any evidence to suggest that COVID-19’s next wave will be seriously infectious for children.

Citing data collected from the previous waves in India, he emphasized that none showed that any existing variant has proved severely infectious for the children. Besides, no global data has recorded evidence of the same.

“The 60-70 percent of the kids admitted were with co-morbidities, either they were immunocompromised or on chemotherapy. The healthy kids had mild illness and they recovered without being hospitalized,” Guleria said.

Hospitals pan-India are ramping up their pediatric health care facilities after experts suggested that COVID-19’s third wave will be severe for children.

Andhra Pradesh has directed authorities to vaccinate mothers of children below five years of age on a priority basis. Uttar Pradesh’s Noida has followed up on similar lines.

To mitigate the risk of a third wave and battling fake information it causing severe harm to children, people must follow COVID’s appropriate behavior to break transmission chains.


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