Daijiworld Media Network - Bengaluru (SP)
Bengaluru, May 14: The coronavirus infection, which had picked up speed with the onset of May, has tapered a little due to the lockdown in the state. The experts have said that they expect the intensity of the infection to come down by July. However, they have warned about the severity of the third wave which might hit the country in three to five months time from now.
The virus strain might undergo further mutation during the winter. Some countries are already facing the fourth wave. Therefore, they have said, that following the Covid rules strictly is very much necessary for another year. The experts however are not sure about the intensity or capacity to spread but they depend on the way people conduct themselves and preparations being made to face the disease. They however have warned that unless care is taken, the third wave may pose more danger to children and teenagers.
A virus or wave requires three to five months time after the earlier wave loses its steam. Covid Technical Advisory Committee member and virologist, Dr V Ravi, expects the third wave to set in either during the end of this year or early next year.
When the first wave hit the country, senior citizens were the most affected. In the second wave, middle-aged people faced the consequences. Now, vaccines are being given to over 18 years. As the children and teenagers have no vaccines now, they face more danger, the experts feel. Ravi said that unless the people take care, Covid fourth and fifth waves too will come. The only remedy is vaccination, wearing masks, maintaining social distance, and maintaining a high level of hygiene and cleanliness in spite of whether a person has been vaccinated or not.