Covid reinfection risks rising, need to take precautions: 10 points from survey

The latest study of Covid-19 cases has found that 2 in 10 families surveyed have been re-infected by the respiratory infection in the past six months. “45% had their reinfection weeks after the original infection, while 27% were six months apart,” according to Local Circles, an organization that conducts opinion polls and surveys.

Currently, India is witnessing an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in recent weeks. Twelve states and Union Territories – Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Gujarat, Goa and Punjab have registered an increase in weekly cases and positivity since June 10.

Here are 10 key points from the survey on the rise in Covid reinfection cases:

1. 18% of citizens surveyed have had one or more family members re-infected with Covid-19 in the past six months.

2. Of those reinfected with Omicron in the past six months, 46% said their second infection was more severe than the first.

3. Of those re-infected in the past six months, 45% re-infection after a few weeks.

4. 27% were re-infected by Covid-19 after a six-month hiatus.

5. Of those reinfected with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the past six months, 46% said their second infection was more severe than the first.

6. Genome sequencing data suggest that while BA.2 is still predominant at almost 70%, BA.5 is increasing by 6%. BA.2.12.1 currently sits at 5% per genome sequencing data.

7. With no restrictions and people traveling in the summer, COVID cases are again on the rise with nearly 12,000 cases reported nationwide each day.

8. A recent study released on June 17 by experts at Washington University School of Medicine showed that COVID is second-times more severe in young people. For people re-infected in just 8 days, there is a 12x increase in hospitalization, 2x increase in ICU and 100% increase in death.

9. In the case of Covid reinfection, people have faced organ dysfunction.

10. According to the Washington University research, the organs affected by reinfection were: the lungs at 5%, cardiovascular disease at 5%, blood disorders at 2.6%, fatigue at 3.3%, kidneys at 1.4%, mental health by 12.1%, diabetes by 2.2% and neurological disorders by 3.6%.

The survey received more than 35,000 responses from citizens in 301 districts of India. 67% of the respondents were male and 33% were female. 42% of respondents were from tier 1/metro districts, 35% were from tier 2 districts and 23% were from tier 3, 4 and rural districts.

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