Indian Council of Medical Research Chief Dr Balram Bhargava has explained why the deadly COVID-19 second wave is affecting mostly young people.
He said possibly they might have begun going out and also because some variants of SARs-COV-2 are prevalent in the country.
“We have found that younger people are getting slightly more involved because suddenly they have gone out and there are variants also prevalent in the nation which may be affecting the younger people as well.”
Health Ministry Press briefing
At the Health Ministry press conference on Tuesday, Dr. Bhargava was asked whether the Centre is taking steps to initiate vaccination of children who could be the target of the third wave of COVID-19. Dr. Bhargava stated that there was not much age difference between the first and second wave.
“We have been analysing the date since August. People above the age of 45 years are more vulnerable to any adverse outcome and the hospitalised mortality is around 9.6 to 9.7 per cent,” he said.
Although more young people are reporting the infection during the second wave, the Centre has refuted the reports of the shift in age groups. In April, the center released data showing that 31% of those affected in the first wave were under 30, while the percentage rose to 32 in 2021.