Over 70% Patients Above 40 yrs In Both Waves: ICMR
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More than 70 percent of Covid-19 patients over 40 years of age in both the waves and older population continues to be more vulnerable to the infection, the Centre said on April 19. ICMR director general Balram Bhargava said there is no difference in deaths between the first and second wave among hospitalised patients, while the oxygen requirement is higher in the second wave and ventilator requirement is not higher in the second wave.

Prevalence of shortness of breath is slightly higher in the second wave of Covid-19 but the sore throat and dry cough and other symptoms were higher in the first wave.

“No difference in deaths between first and second wave among hospitalised patients. About 54.5 percent of patients require oxygen in the second wave against 41.5 percent in the first wave. More than 70 percent of patients in both waves are more than 40 years old, with only a marginally higher proportion of younger patients. A higher proportion of asymptomatic patients in the second wave,” he said, based on the study of 1,885 patients in the second wave and 7,600 in the first wave.

NITI Aayog Member (Health) V K Paul said in the first wave 31 percent of patients were aged less than 30 years, this time it is up to 32 percent.