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Be Careful For 1-2 Years, Don’t Let COVID Explode Again: Warns AIIMS Doctor

New Delhi: People should be careful for the next one to two years and not give a chance to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) to explode again. Dr Neeraj Nischal, professor at the Medicine Department of AIIMS gave this advice ahead of the festival season.

He also said that ripples of the second wave can still be seen.

“Idea of festivals is to share happiness, not Covid. For next 1-2 years, till the pandemic is not under control, we shouldn’t become part of reason for causing the pandemic to explode again,” Dr Nischal was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Health experts have already cautioned people to maintain COVID appropriate behaviour for the next 125 crucial days to minimise the effect of the infection. Overcrowded public places and religious gatherings can emerge as epicentres, if not restricted.

Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul was quoted as saying that the country has not reached the stage of herd immunity yet, but added that it does not want to acquire it through infections either.

A similar warning was issued by other experts, like Dr Arvind Kumar, Director and Head of Department, Paediatrics, Fortis Hospital. The second wave “spread like wildfire” in the country because people did not follow Covid appropriate behaviour. “It caused a lot of morbidity and mortality,” he was quoted as saying