No need of counting Covid cases now

Noted health specialist Devi Shetty in a column in a national daily has said that India has reached a stage where there is no need to count daily cases of Covid, as the country had entered into a community spread level of third wave of the pandemic this year. Now we only must focus on improving health infrastructure like beds and other critical care for the affected, he says.

Devi Shetty is one of the few health policy analysts and guiding forces on ramping up our medical and health infrastructure and strategies right from March 2020. His comments suggest one thing – that we must not be scared by Covid any longer, as it has entered a milder stage, being less hazardous and life threatening. Of course, WHO still warns us against any such complacency.

True, as Shetty said, why should we daily publish the number of new Covid cases and breakup of each district and city when around 98 to 99 per cent of the affected are recovering? What is the purpose of maintaining records of Covid cases or testing when a large – around 66 per cnet of people are showing its symptoms?

We have crossed a stage from where he stigmatized the affected by putting up containment zones and boards to treating Omicron variat patients just like any other patients mostly at home. Are they any different from the common cold patients? So, the focus can shift from wasting our time and energies to doing the needful – improving hospital facilities and vaccination.


Rama Krishna Sangem

Ramakrishna chief editor of excel India online magazine and website

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