The second wave of coronavirus has proved to be devastating for the whole nation. While people are still not out of the fatal effects of the second wave, the third wave of COVID is knocking on the doors! As you know that the healthcare systems of some of the states of India collapsed in the second wave, it could be even more challenging for frontline workers and the government to deal with the third wave of coronavirus. The pace at which the coronavirus is mutating to delta and delta plus variants and spreading around the country is concerning. Scientists cannot predict the future path of the upcoming wave of COVID, but there are some things that you should be aware of:

The third wave of COVID might hit later

Usually, there is a 15-16 weeks gap between two waves of a pandemic, it was initially assumed that the third wave of COVID may hit around August or September. However, several studies and surveys that were conducted suggest that there could be a delay in the third wave and it may hit somewhere around later in December. According to the experts, the upcoming wave could be different for different states of India, and it can put intense pressure on medical testing and infrastructures. 

Less effective vaccines, booster shots might help

Since the mutants of coronavirus are emerging, these variants gain additions in their spike proteins and ultimately, overshadow some of the antibody defences of the body. Currently, the vaccines manufactured for COVID are less effective against the delta and delta plus variants. Some research has been carried out, to test the potential of booster shots to boost the immune system for protection from the delta variants of coronavirus.

Children might not get affected at a higher rate

You must have seen loads of children getting entrapped by the coronavirus in the second wave. Nevertheless, there is no solid proof that the third wave of coronavirus could be noxious for children. Third-wave could be adverse for children is only speculated, there is no scientific proof for it yet. According to the doctors, the children who end up getting infected by the coronavirus, get a milder form of virus and revive relatively quickly.

Fewer chances of higher severity than the second wave?

The outrage of coronavirus in the second wave has been lethal and related to the rapid growth of illness and its severity. On the other hand, studies have shown that the Delta variant also spreads very quickly and easily binds to the lung receptors, and could be resistant towards monoclonal antibody therapies. Experts are still in doubt about the potential outcomes of the third wave. The Delta variant has the potential to be lethal just like its predecessor variant but it is yet not confirmed whether the upcoming wave can create havoc like the previous one.

Will the third wave be more destructive?

The trend of spreading infection massively depends on the coverage rates of exposure and vaccination. One cannot predict the intensity of how contagious a wave could be in an epidemic. Contrarily, researches suggest that the initial waves are stronger than the fresh waves. If the upcoming wave of COVID is inescapable, then there will be differences in the second and third waves in terms of intensity, spreading rate, and genetic mutation of the virus. 

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