Do we need a third Covid 19 Lockdown now?

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Do we need a third Covid 19 Lockdown now?

To understand the situation more precisely, we talked to some doctors

Do we need a third Covid 19 Lockdown now?

Is it too late for a lockdown? Are we a little behind the clock again? I guess these questions are tough to answer by looking at the country's current situation of covid-19. Cases are increasing like a forest fire in India. It seems the dreaded 'third wave' of Covid -19 is well and truly upon us.
SARS-CoV-2 has shown to be unpredictable, confounding scientists and national governments. Scientists can't foresee how the virus will behave in the future because it mutates and develops varieties without notice. Governments are frequently caught between two horns of a dilemma: social limitations, such as excessive lockdowns, used to halt viral propagation to 'flatten the epidemic curve,' resulting in job losses and severe economic harm.
Well, again, in 2022, do we need to resort to extreme measures as we did in 2020-21. India has undergone two massive waves, first with the original virus variant and the second with the Delta variant that emerged in India as the first wave was reducing.
To understand the situation more precisely, we talked to one of the specialist Head Cardiologists, Dr Anil Dhall. Says he, "There has been a rise in COVID positivity in India since the third week of December. After what we heard happened in South Africa and other parts of Europe, especially UK and later the United States Covid is now in India. This surge is showing a geometric progression on a daily basis. Let's compare the current wave to earlier waves. This wave is less harmful as many of the population is vaccinated. Among those infected almost 60% are asymptomatic. That means there would be people who would be infected but they will not experience nausea or loss of smell, the way it happened in the first and second waves. There is less respiratory tractor involvement. There is less need for ICU ventilatory support, and evidently, there would be less mortality. Also, if we review our population, we are much more vaccinated than we were in the 1st and 2nd waves". Here in the 3rd, the delta virus will affect you, but it will be milder than before, it will be more like a common cold symptom. But do not confuse yourself with it; get yourself tested immediately if you have any symptoms. This virus stays for 5-7 days in your body.
After talking about the current situation and how harmful it could be, we asked him about the need for a lockdown to control the current surge.
Dr Dhall says, " We should have social, behavioral intelligence that we should wear masks and make sure to have a minimal social distancing. Avoid going to malls, social gatherings and other places where you'll encounter masses. To avoid such situations right now, it is important to have a lockdown because there will be no lives left if there are no livelihoods. We should make sure the situation that went bad at the second wave does not happen again, and the people and the system doesn't get overwhelmed again in 2022".
Ajinder Pal Singh, a cab driver and V. President of Driver Ekta Local Highway Interstate, says, "Lockdown is very important because looking at the cases right now, Delhi again has become scary. Although the business gets very low and there is no earning, I guess lives are more important than money in such Covid times".
Dr. Aditya Rawlani, in the field of sports medicine, says, "Yes, we are late for the Lockdown; if it could have been implemented earlier, the situation could have been better. As we enter the 3rd wave of the covid-19, a complete lockdown is necessary to break the chain that has developed again. People are not listening and are not following any protocols. They are partying or holidaying. However, this time, most patients are asymptomatic, which is also the reason for the surge in the cases".