Bracing for a resurgence of Covid in a 3rd Wave: Uttarakhand Saga

Authors

  • Debabrata Roy Government Doon Medical College, Patel Nagar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • Richa Sinha Government Doon Medical College, Patel Nagar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • Deepshikha Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5766-341X

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47203/IJCH.2021.v33i04.001

Abstract

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Evidently, the resurgence of COVID in a 2nd wave happened due largely to ‘Risk Compensation’ by the community, exacerbated by extreme risk behavior of the community. ‘Risk compensation’ or ‘Peltzman effect’, where there is an attitudinal shift underestimating the risk and subsequent complacency in observing due measures is almost an axiomatic phenomenon and this was being predicted in case of COVID too(1). However the scale, extent and intensity of the re-surgence (second wave) which was exponential & ‘asymptotic‘ was unwarranted, also unprecedented. That this re-surgence was a predictable phenomenon and needed pro-active & pragmatic strategizing/ decision making (which would affect community behavior vis a vis religious congregation and or other public events abetting gathering of crowd etc) was not unknown.

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Published

2021-12-31

How to Cite

1.
Roy D, Sinha R, Deepshikha. Bracing for a resurgence of Covid in a 3rd Wave: Uttarakhand Saga. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2021 Dec. 31 [cited 2022 Jan. 17];33(4):547-8. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2276