February 04, 2022
Health Expert Dr Sunil Agrawal stated that children are not at all at risk of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 which is driving an unprecedented surge of infections globally as hitherto there is no instance of any minor getting critical due to the strain.
He stated that this while taking part in a debate on OTV which was centred on the decision of the State government on reopening of educational institutions in Odisha.
“Omicron itself is a mild disease which has not caused any major damage to those either 60 years or 18 plus age group. Therefore, it is not a threat to children. During this Omicron surge, the deaths are averaging between 15 and 20 per day is Odisha. Those dying either have comorbidities or have not taken vaccine,” says Dr Agarwal.
He also claimed that there is no instance of Omicron transmitting from one kid to another and 80 to 95 per cent of those getting the infection are asymptomatic. And the teachers and authorities of educational institutions will have to play a major role to ensure COVID protocols for children are followed effectively in schools.
Agrawal also informed that there is no necessity for children below the age of five years to wear masks. He says “As per ICMR guidelines, kids below 5 years do not need masks to cover their face. I appeal do not make them wear mask forcefully. It may cause them breathlessness which will have side effect on their health. Those between 5 to 12 years should wear masks as per guidance of their parents and remove them if one feels uneasy. But, those above 12 years should wear masks properly.”
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