There is a stabilization within the affect of COVID-19 within the nation, however we have to be more careful in our hygiene practices as it’s a respiratory virus and most respiratory viruses escalate during winter, mentioned Dr VK Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog on Tuesday.
Speaking on the Health Ministry press briefing, Dr Paul mentioned the folks within the nation do not have to create such a scenario which is able to be counterproductive. “But we have to be prepared and strictly follow Covid preventive measures. In European countries, the second peak is seen, so we have to be extra cautious. This is also a festive season. There are gatherings. And it is a favourable condition for the virus to create super spreader events.”
On the difficulty of stopping the virus, Dr Paul reiterated the necessity to put on masks to forestall transmission of the an infection.
“The three-ply masks and homemade masks are beneficial for preventing the transmission of COVID-19. N95 masks are beneficial for health workers working in hospitals while surgical masks are effective in general practice use,” he mentioned.
Speaking on India’s vaccine trial, he mentioned, “Phase two of two Indian indigenous vaccines is nearly completed. In early November we can have the results. The other vaccine is Serum Oxford vaccine– undergoing phase three trial. Progress is good and by November end we may have results.”
Meanwhile, Director General of ICMR, Dr Balram Bhargava, who was additionally current on the press briefing, answered questions about the reinfection research carried out by the institute.
“We are taking the cut off of about 100 days if reinfection occurs because we have assumed the life of antibiodies persists for 4 months, by some studies. It is still in progress and we will share the re-infection data soon,” mentioned Dr Bhargava.
“A few reinfection cases have been identified in India. There are two in Mumbai, and one in Ahmedabad, so far. As per the World Health Organisation, there are about 24 reinfection cases in the world,” he added.
(With ANI inputs)