Many people are calling Covid-19 second wave “Children wave”. Yes, you read that correctly. Unlike the first, this wave has recently had a significant impact on children. According to Dr. Anjan Bhattacharya, approximately 1.2 percent of children are affected by this surge. Having said that, when we consider the population of India, this is a huge number.
Apparently, many companies have already started clinical trials of the vaccine for children as there is no vaccine for children yet.
Why is Covid-19 second wave is affecting children more?
According to some researchers, children’s health is more likely to be affected by double mutant covid-19. Despite this, some family members go out for their own personal and apparent purposes, which may be one of the reasons why children become infected.
The first wave was infecting children as well but on the contrary, we are observing kids with MISC (Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome) coming to the hospital, stated by Dr. Jaydeb Ray, Department of Pediatric Medicine, Institute of Child Health, Kolkata.
Despite this, there is no conclusive evidence that this wave is impacting children more than elders. However, for obvious reasons that we all know about, the number of cases is expected to increase.
Symptoms showed in children?
You are completely incorrect if you believe that breathing is the only symptom. High fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, loss of smell, sore throat, myalgias, and mucocutaneous inflammatory signs are the most common symptoms.
Dr. Sagnik Biswas stated that cases are increasing in several other countries as well. Furthermore, it can even cause pancreatitis and decompensated liver disease.
Precautions for Covid-19 second wave
If the symptoms are mild, the children shall be quarantined at home for a minimum of 14 days. Furthermore, if oxygen saturation is greater than 94 percent, children should receive adequate nutrition and be adequately hydrated.
However, if ferritin and CRP levels keep rising then the child should be admitted to the hospital as soon as possible.
Nonetheless, handwashing on a regular basis, social distancing, and, most importantly, wearing masks remain the top golden rules for avoiding covid-19.
Any vaccine for children?
No, as of now there is no such vaccine available for children below 18 years of age. Moreover, the health ministry said that clinical trials have already started to test the efficiency of vaccines on children.
Pfizer recently announced that its vaccine produced a positive response with no side effects in children aged 12 to 15. In addition, the University of Oxford has begun to test its vaccine on infants.
Hopefully, the vaccine for children will be available soon.
Stay safe everyone!
Author: Pranshu Agarwal
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