AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria clarified that the reports that said the third wave of COVID-19 will affect the children most is not based on facts.
In a press conference on Monday, he said people have no reason to fear as the Pediatrics Association said the reports that the third wave will affect the children most is not based on facts.
“Children suffered collateral damage due to mental stress, smartphone addiction and education challenges amid the ongoing pandemic,” he said, while talking about the effect of COVID-19 on children and young people.
On black fungus, he said, “People with low immunity are infected with mucormycosis, Candida and asporogenous infections. These fungi mainly found in sinuses, nose, bone around eyes and can enter brain. These are occasionally found in lungs (pulmonary mucormycosis) or in gastrointestinal tract.”
Speaking about post-COVID symptoms, he said there are a few symptoms seen post the infection. “If the symptoms are seen for four to 12 weeks, it is called ongoing symptomatic COVID or post-acute COVID syndrome. If symptoms are seen for more than 12 weeks, it is called post-COVID syndrome.”
“Chronic fatigue syndrome is seen, which requires symptomatic treatment. There’s another symptom generally termed as ‘brain fog’ on social media, seen in COVID-19 recovered who find difficulty in concentration and suffer from insomnia and depression,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Union health ministry said a steady decline in daily new COVID-19 cases has been observed since the last 17 days in India. It said there has been 2.6 times increase in the number of COVID-19 tests done in the past 15 weeks in the country along with a steady dip in the weekly positivity rate reported in the last two weeks.