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Is the COVID-19 relapse threat for 2023 real?

Updated: Dec 30, 2022

The sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in China is spurring a concern that a dangerous new virus variant could emerge for the first time in more than a year. A report said that 248 million people in China were likely infected in the first 20 days of December this year. With Christmas and New Year celebrations just around the corner, the risk of faster transmission is higher.

While almost every other part of the world has fought infections and embraced vaccinations to varying degrees, China largely averted both. This has caused the population of China to have a weak immune system, hence making them vulnerable to the most contagious strain of the virus yet to circulate. Now the main question,

‘Is the COVID-19 relapse threat for 2023?’

In China, the virus can either spread like omicron in several waves like it did in 2022, or vaccination and infections will boost immunity until antibodies in the population eventually help control the severe disease.

As for other nations, strict Covid protocol has started. The governments are fully prepared to tackle any sort of situation. The danger of the Covid pandemic, due to the recent outbreak in China, is lurking in India, but there is no cause for panic. All that is required is utmost precaution at every level. Some doctors in India have said that there’s a good chance that the new variant BF.7 is already here in the country but Indians have a commendable immune system because of which this panic disease is just like the normal flu in India. Taking booster doses would be sufficient to stay immune in this cold weather.

In winter, most people in India suffer from cold, cough, and fever, and since these are supposed to be initial symptoms of Covid, one must undergo RT-PCR testing as a precautionary measure. Former AIIMS director Randeep Guleria said, there is nothing to panic about, but precaution is necessary, particularly among the elderly people.

He said, "India’s situation is vastly different from that of China, and it is better to remain ‘over-prepared’ rather than be ‘under-prepared."


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