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

Published

2021-12-31

DOI:

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

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Editorial

Authors

  • Debabrata Roy Government Doon Medical College, Patel Nagar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
  • Richa Sinha Government Doon Medical College, Patel Nagar, Dehradun, Uttarakhand https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2636-5393
  • Deepshikha Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Rama Himalayan University, Dehradun, Uttarakhand https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5766-341X

Abstract

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.

How to Cite

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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 Aug. 19];33(4):547-8. Available from: https://iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/2276

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Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium. 25th June 2021. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GOI.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, “Cumulative Covid Vaccination Report 2nd June 2021”.

Technical paper COVID 19 ICMR – Serological Surveillance Report Round 4Department of Health & Family Welfare.