“There are a number of reasons cumulatively resulting in an increasing number of cases. For instance, the genomic sequencing of positive samples is relatively reduced now, so the vigilance on circulating variants has decreased,” Director of Star Imaging and Path Lab, Dr Sameer Bhati told ANI
“Moreover, the known circulating Omicron subvariants are said to have an immune escape mechanism. Especially in comorbid patients, immunity seems to be low regardless of the vaccination and even many young people have also avoided their booster doses while the COVID appropriate behavior is followed the at least,” he added.
The expert also said that one of the potential causes of the surge in COVID cases in the city may have been viral infections during the post-monsoon season.
“Secondly, during the post-monsoon season, immunity gets lower, and other viral infections also prevail, so the chances of getting infections increase. Even further the COVID testing has decreased, due to which surveillance is decreased and hence steps to stop the transmission cannot be implemented effectively,” Dr. Bhati said while emphasizing testing and surveillance.
Additionally, the expert cited the increase in international travel as a reason for the rise in the cases.
“International travel has increased now and unless the global immunization with Covid Vaccines gets full coverage worldwide, the chances of increasing cases will remain a possibility,” he said.
Director and HOD – Pulmonology,
Shalimar Bagh, Dr Vikas Maurya said that COVID patients who have cough and cold and fever along with throat itching as the symptoms recover fast.
“There has been an upsurge in covid cases both in OPD and those requiring hospitalization. Symptoms mostly are high-grade fever lasting for three to four days along with throat itching, irritation, cough, and cold. These patients recover fast,” he said.
Dr. Maurya said that most patients who are admitted to the hospitals are with comorbidities.
“Hospitalisations mainly include patients with a large number of comorbidities and they are presenting breathlessness. Most predominantly have mild lung involvement with very few patients having severe lung involvement requiring ICU admissions,” he said while explaining hospitalizations due to COVID.
Inputs from ANI