PATNA: The telemedicine department at AIIMS-Patna has been receiving at least 20 calls daily, some even from people of Bihar living in Noida and NCT region, about the third wave of the Covid pandemic. The questions vary from its likely intensity to the impact on children and how to protect them.
IT shows the level of anxiety about the return of the Covid-19 wave with unknown impact, said Dr Anil Kumar, head of trauma and telemedicine department at AIIMS-P.
Dr Vijay Kumar of general medicine and Dr Shwetlina of dermatology department are the other experts who answer the people’s queries.
About 50% questions asked at a zoom meeting with about 100 residents of a housing society at Noida with AIIMS-P doctors were on impact of the third wave on those who suffered the infection in the second wave and people already vaccinated with both doses and above all safety of children, from newborn to below 18 years of age.
Dr Anil said hair fall in the post-Covid patients, stress and anxiety, lack of sleep and the measures to protect children were among the other issues on which people sought medical advice.
Mostly being aware through media information, many people also wanted to know whether Kappa and Lambda variants, in addition to Delta plus, were likely to spread in the country and whether our health system was ready to face them, he said.
“There is no need to fear. The ongoing vaccine trials at AIIMS Patna and Delhi have showed sero positivity (developed antibodies) in about 50% of the children in their mandatory medical test before being selected for getting trial shots,” he said.
Though the level of immunity in children is higher than adults, the only need is to increase their nutritional status for keeping them strong enough to face the threat of future waves of the pandemic, he added.
Dr Vijay, “Our children are near the status of herd immunity. While some had it naturally, others incidentally developed it by contracting symptomatic or asymptomatic viral infections by coming in contact with any family member or friend. Now, we have to boost it in the remaining children and it could be done by following some simple tips like having protein-rich food, plenty of water, vegetables and fruits.”