Fourth Covid Wave: Infection Spreading Faster, Affecting You
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The fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic in Delhi is causing high-grade fever, spreading faster and affecting the younger population, especially those in the age group of 30 to 50, more, according to experts. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has said the fourth wave is more dangerous than the previous ones, 65 percent of patients infected this time are below 45 years.

Some doctors said the reason behind a large number of people contracting the infection this year vis-a-vis last year could be that the virus has mutated and the current strain is more infectious. "The younger population goes out for work, uses public transportation and hence, there are more chances of coming into contact with others. Many people are still not wearing masks or maintaining social distancing, which has contributed to the rise in cases," said Suranjit Chatterjee, a senior consultant at Apollo Hospitals.

Thirty-seven doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi have tested positive for Covid-19 during the fourth wave of the pandemic. Of these, five have been admitted for treatment, hospital sources had said. Richa Sareen, consultant, pulmonology and critical care medicine at Fortis hospital, said, "Given the pace of the spread of the infection, it definitely seems there is a different variant in circulation and it is more infectious than the previous one." She said the younger population is getting infected more.

The elderly have mostly been vaccinated and largely stay at home but the younger population goes out for socialising or travelling and that increases the chance of getting infected. In the last week of March, when cases began to rise in the country, the Union health ministry had said the new double mutant variant of SARS-CoV-2 was detected in Delhi, Maharashtra and some other places in addition to the three "variants of concern", first noticed in the UK, South Africa and Brazil.

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Spread can be stopped only when people start acting at their own house to stop this spread. At this unit level if all works, the cumulative effort will coalesce and the whole population will benefit. Otherwise in near future the effect of covid infection is going to be beyond control.
Apr 14, 2021Like