Why is COVID-19 second wave affecting young people? ICMR chief explains

India witnesses over 3.11 lakh new COVID-19 cases, 4077 deaths in last 24 hours
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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.

Are we prepared for the third wave?

The government’s scientific adviser, K Vijay Raghavan, recently said that the country should prepare for a third wave of COVID-19. Since then, it has been claimed in various reports that the third wave will affect children the most.

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