AIIMS chief talks about next wave of Covid affecting children

Dr Randeep Guleria

New Delhi: Dr Randeep Guleria, the director of Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), has said that there is no evidence to suggest that the next wave of Covid-19 will cause serious infection in children.

“I don’t think we will have a serious infection in children in the future,” said Guleria during a press briefing of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at PIB in Delhi.

“No data, global or Indian, has had any observations of kids being affected more. Even in the data from the second wave, most infected kids had mild illness. Mostly those with co-morbidities required hospital admission,” he said.

“In many parts of the world where new waves are happening there’s no data to show children are being severely affected,” he added.

The AIIMS chief howeveer added that there is need to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, including following hand hygiene, wearing masks and avoiding crowd.

 

NT Bureau