(Director – Neurosurgery, Max Tremendous Speciality Hospital, Vaishali Ghaziabad)
India’s response to the first wave of Covid-19, which peaked in September 2020, was appreciated all the world over. The way in which India handled the primary wave nobody might have imagined the havoc wrecked by the second wave, which began round March 2021. The drastic distinction between first wave and second wave raised many questions akin to the place did we go mistaken? Was our healthcare system caught off guard? Did we let our guards down approach too quickly?
It’s almost unattainable to pin level a single issue that result in such a devastating second wave. Nonetheless, as we’re approaching the height of second wave, it is rather necessary to introspect our errors that we dedicated after second wave in order that we don’t see a lethal third wave. If historical past is to be believed, there would positively be a 3rd wave; nonetheless, severity of the third wave would rely upon the steps taken by us as society after the second wave.
Let’s take the questions above one after the other and attempt to perceive what can we modify for a greater future on this pandemic.
The place did we go mistaken?
Our greatest mistake was underestimating our enemy and proof disadvantaged infodemic. Excessive recovery rate and low mortality amongst younger adults led to false sense of safety. Nonetheless, crucial indisputable fact that viruses typically mutate for a wider host base was ignored. The false sense of safety was fanned by proof disadvantaged infodemic on social media. It was claimed that Covid-19 is just like chilly & flu and folks shouldn’t fear about it. There was a gaggle of people that had been advocating for no masks & spreading data that masks are doing extra hurt than good. The second vaccines had been launched, massive part of society was condemning their use labelling them as low on efficacy and excessive on side-effects.
It’s important that we study from previous as nicely historical past. We have to unfold proper information by way of proper mediums & folks want to grasp that social media shouldn’t be the place for proper data. If historical past is to be believed, third wave is inevitable; nonetheless, historical past additionally tells us that second wave is essentially the most deadly one. Due to this fact, we’d certainly see some extra peaks however these gained’t be as dangerous as second one. Vaccination is without doubt one of the most necessary instruments in eradicating any pandemic. We’re fortunate that now we have vaccinations within the first yr of pandemic itself. Everybody should take vaccine every time their flip comes and cease believing social media posts.
Was our Healthcare System Caught Off-guard?
No healthcare system on this planet was prepared for a pandemic and India was no exception. When lots of people of your nation begin falling in poor health with a illness which has no precise therapy any healthcare system will battle to deal with the issue. We noticed related state of affairs within the developed international locations like Italy and United States. Nobody anticipated the second wave to hit India so onerous that oxygen provide would turn out to be a problem. In regular circumstances all of the hospitals have greater than the required oxygen; nonetheless, Covid made even the biggest of hospitals to battle for oxygen. The query is might we put together for it throughout first wave? Maybe sure, if we had anticipated such a ferocious second wave. However nobody knew that virus would change drastically to be extra infectious and deadlier.
The second wave has already ready the infrastructure that we’d require to struggle the third wave. Nonetheless, medical human sources can be a problem who’re working constantly for previous one yr to save lots of lives. It’s important that they’re supported by folks in protecting third wave peaks to lowest.
Did we let our guards down approach too quickly?
Sure, we did. Although we might not be capable to pin level a single trigger for the second wave Covid Tsunami however letting the guard down approach too quickly will all the time stay on high of the causes record. As quickly as first wave noticed its trough folks returned to their regular routine with out Covid appropriate behaviour. Massive gatherings turn out to be a standard factor and marriage & competition events had been on full swing. Everybody did have masks on their face however folks not often wore masks accurately. Social distancing grew to become a distant dream.
This time nobody ought to let their guard down. Vaccine and Covid acceptable behaviour are the 2 issues which can be standing between you and Covid. Don’t ignore these.
(DISCLAIMER: The views expressed are solely of the writer and ETHealthworld.com doesn’t essentially subscribe to it. ETHealthworld.com shall not be liable for any harm brought on to any individual/organisation instantly or not directly).