Written By: Aashish Vashistha
June 21, 2022 (New Delhi): With weekly positivity rate of 15 per cent and with approximately more than 22,200 cases as on June 19, health experts suggests that a fourth wave may strike earlier than the anticipated onset in July in Kerala according to the Health Experts. In the starting of June, the state reported around 1,000 daily infections, but the figure has now risen sharply to almost 3,000 new cases every single day. Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Ernakulam and Kozhikode districts account for 65 per cent of the total infections.
The state of Kerala has been hardly hit by Covid pandemic, but the state government notched many success stories in both prevention and management of the disease. According to government data, around 88 per cent of the eligible adult population has completed double dose vaccination while 20 per cent have taken the booster (third) shot.
Health officials are now baffled not only by the rising cases but also by the repeated infections among many within a short span. “Several citizens who had recuperated from Covid are getting re-infected in less than six months, which is the normal presumption of the virological progression of the pandemic. Many people tested positive within six months of being infected,” says a senior health official. According to Dr. Praveen Rai, a Kochi based specialist in geriatric care, Those who got Covid in the past remain at high risk of cardiac failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Repeated bouts of Covid will only put them at a severe health risk. Covid can adversely impact senior citizens suffering from lifestyle diseases.” However, follow up on this story is much awaited.