And, if the situation continues to be the same, according to National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), there are chances that at least 50% of India’s population could be infected by December.
Dr V Ravi, Head of Neurovirology, National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) and nodal officer in the Karnataka Health Task Force for COVID-19 says:
The numbers will go up from June onwards after Lockdown 4.0 ends on May 31, and there will be community spread. By December-end, half of India’s population is likely to be infected with the virus.
He further states that 90% of the population will not even be aware of the fact that they are infected and only 5-10% would require intensive care. He says:
The good news is that 90 per cent of them will not even know that they have got the infection. It’s only 5-10 per cent of cases that will have to be treated with high-flow oxygen and only 5 per cent would require ventilator support.
In fact, Karnataka on Wednesday, became the first state in the country to reach the target of 60 laboratories. Dr Ravi said:
Today, we have given approval for a Covid-19 testing laboratory at Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Bengaluru, and with that we now have 60 laboratories, which will map up for the 30 districts in the state.
But, until then, Dr Ravi stresses on the importance of taking precautions. He says:
People will learn to live with COVID-19, with all necessary precautions and preventive measures. The novel coronavirus is not as deadly as Ebola, MERS and SARS.
Seems like we have to start adjusting to the ‘new normal’.