Possibility of third wave discussed in Mah Cabinet
Malnourishment, resulting in steep hike in obesity, is likely to be main focus in the post-COVID adverse impact on health. The issue is being discussed with a possibility of third wave in the near future.
The mutated virus from Delta virus to now Delta Plus virus, are considered to a major threat. The possibility of the new virus attacking children, has not been supported by experts so far, neither they have ruled it out. But other factors experienced during the pandemic and resultant lockdown for about 17 months may attract attention of scientists in modern science and social scientists as well.
The sources have stated about imposing restrictions like lockdown again, in view of the increasing Corona positivity and possibility of Delta Plus Virus attack. Discussion on the possibilities and steps to be taken is learnt to have been discussed during the meeting of Maharashtra Cabinet.
Following relaxation in norms of lockdown, rise in cases have been experienced. Rural area, which does not have adequate facilities, is likely to face the brunt of the new wave. Vaccination in rural area is also low compared to urban populace.
Dr Sanjeev Patankar, President of Microbiologists Society of India, Maharashtra and Goa branch stated that importance of nutrition was emphasised right since the first wave. Dr Patankar delivered several lectures on importance of nutritional diet as a defence against the virus or other infections.
Besides diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, malnourishment could be considered as co-morbidity. There should not be confusion between malnourishment and starvation issues. Growing obesity among urban children is also an example of malnourishment.
A recent survey has indicated rise in obesity, during the lockdown. This is mostly because of neglecting nutrition while eating. Food delivery through various agencies, which was allowed even during lockdown, could be a reason for rise in obesity. Lack of physical movement, exercise, sports in open space are factors adding to the rise in obesity.
Insufficiency of vitamins D and A are important so far as human health is concerned. Vitamin B complex tablets and capsules are used freely. Insufficiency of Vitamin D is difficult to be overcome with medicines. Sunlight is a source which converts food intake into Vitamin D. Thus with exposure to Sunlight, nutritional diet cannot be ignored. Surprisingly in India Vitamin D deficiency is huge, despite being a country blessed with bright Sunshine.
The new virus (Delta Plus) will find host in those who are not vaccinated and those who are deficient in these vitamins. The deficiency can be overcome only by paying attention to nutrition in daily food intake, Dr Patankar added. Thus growing obesity among children, mostly in urban area, could be a major threat to them, if the third wave of Delta Plus variant attacks.