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Will India be able to combat the 4th wave of COVID-19?

In 2020 India was hit with the deadliest virus known as Corona or COVID-19. In 2021 India faced a much worse wave of COVID-19. So many people were hospitalised and every corner had rt pcr test centres. Not just India but countries all across the world were facing a very alarming situation. There is definitely a scare of the 4th wave coming to India given the rising cases of COVID-19 in China, as well as the rising cases in Germany and other European countries. Recently reports show that a number of cases have been escalating in places like Delhi and Mumbai. According to predictions, the fourth wave of Covid-19 will start around June-July and end in September.

Predictions for the 4th wave

Well, the alarms for the 4th wave of COVID is pretty much hovering on top of our heads. However, the studies suggest that this wave might not cause as much trouble as the last ones. Experts suggest that our country must still continue to follow the precautions and also track the various factors of the pandemic to minimize the health crises.

It has been recorded that since April our country has been constantly reporting around one thousand cases every day. Recently, India registered around a 90 per cent hike which is the highest for the month of around 2000 cases.

Global health experts are highlighting the importance of vaccination equity (not just mask mandates indoors, but also air movement in closed spaces and avoiding crowding) to prevent mutations that undermine the immunity of existing vaccines and comprehensively deal with the pandemic. Over 97% of India’s eligible population (over 18 years of age) has already received the first dose of COVID-19. However, global vaccine equity remains a challenge because of IP regimes and the unwillingness of pharmaceutical companies to share trade secrets.

How to Prevent COVID-19

As we mentioned earlier, experts state that the 4th wave of COVID-19 might not cause a lot of trouble but it is always better to be on the lookout. Therefore, we have listed the important precautions to help you prevent the infection:

  • It is best to always maintain social distancing from others even if they are no sick
  • It is important to wear masks outside when in public and also when indoors with an infected person
  • It is always better to stay in well-ventilated spaces and a lot safer than closed indoors.
  • Wash your hands frequently and sanitize them after touching common surfaces.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand rub and sanitiser.
  • It is very important to be vaccinated and check with your local guide for more information.
  • Wear masks and cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
  • Quarantine yourself when you fall sick.

Urgently contact a doctor if you ever feel difficulty in breathing or cough frequently and feel a sore throat. Seek medical attention in advance so that your healthcare providers can give you the best facility possible. In this way, you will be protected and will be prevented from spreading viruses and other infections.

Another piece of advice is to buy and use well-fitted masks that will protect you from spreading to getting infected. Eat at home and avoid outside food for some time to prevent the risk of COVID. It is best to follow the recommendations of your doctor or local health authority.

Talking about India’s vaccine situation now even kids are being given the vaccine. And the majority of the adult population has been vaccinated with at least a single dose. The senior citizens are being given the booster doses too. Taking all these factors into consideration and with the vaccination program in full swing, it looks like we are very much ready for the 4th wave. Let’s hope that we stand strong in whatever situation we fall into.