Covid-19 and third wave: Here’s what parents need to know about the safety of their kids

Tanmay Tandon
6 days ago
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Covid-19 and third wave: Here’s what parents need to know about the safety of their kids

Source: The Indian Express

For a while now, a possible third wave of the Covid infection, and its impact on children especially, has been discussed. Parents, everywhere, are worried as to just how much will kids be affected this time, and in what ways they can be kept safe.

Dr Raghuvamsi Chaitra, consultant pediatric intensivist and pulmonologist at Rainbow Children’s Hospital, said we should expect the wave “in the next couple of months”. On whether it will affect kids more this time, he remarked: “Below 18 is the only group which is not vaccinated now.

Thus, they are vulnerable to the infection. But, this depends on herd resistance (percentage of people immune to disease) and people adhering to social distance, wearing masks and washing hands.”

The doctor explained that while it may not affect a particular age group of kids, children with “pre-existing chronic conditions like heart disease, chronic lung disease, diabetes type 1, kidney failure, obesity, may require hospital admission if they acquire infection. These kids should follow up with their paediatrician and continue medications as per their advice.”

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