Chairman of India’s COVID-19 Working Group of the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) Dr N K Arora has stated that he does not find a reason to believe that children will be disproportionately affected by the Covid-19 over the next days and months or in the third wave. However, he emphasised the need for additional resource inputs for improving the pediatric Covid services.
The country’s data does not reveal specific predilection of the presently circulating virus strains either for the youth or pediatric age group. “However, since the absolute numbers have increased, patients from both age groups are being noticed more,” Dr N K Arora told news agency PTI. He also said it is not possible to predict any third wave of the Covid-19 in India at present.
“But based on what the experience is available from our own country and that from other parts of the world, there is no reason to believe that children will be disproportionately affected in the coming weeks and months or in the next wave,” he added.
Stressing on the need for improving the pediatric Covid services and line up with the framework of Covid-19 management, he said: “It is absolutely necessary to appreciate that newborn, children and pregnant women require specific care facilities. Children below 10 years will need either mother or father or a care provider with them. Similarly infected pregnant women can deliver prematurely. I am given to understand that treatment protocols are already prepared and are under review by different pediatric groups and associations,” he said.