After four months, India recorded more than 700 Covid-19 cases on Thursday, March 16. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry, there are currently 4,623 active Covid cases nationwide. The last time India saw over 700 coronavirus cases was on November 12, 2022, when the country reported 734 fresh infections.
H3N2, combined with the rising Covid cases, has once again caused a situation of panic in the masses since the symptoms of both the infections are more or less the same (Covid is more fatal).
Dr Meenakashi Jain, who is the Director of Internal Medicine at Max Healthcare, Noida, spoke to dailyO about it. She says the spike in the cases is mainly due to the increased number of testing and a new variant of Covid
Dr Jain says there has been a new variant of Covid-19, the XBB1.16, which could be behind the recent surge in coronavirus cases in India over the past few days. This variant, according to her, is a fast-spreading mutant that has been detected in various countries including China, Singapore, and the United States.
"You do not need to panic as the variant is not so fatal. The lung infection with this infection is not that dangerous.," she said.
She also said that as more people are catching H3N2, and since the symptoms are very similar, people are getting tested for Covid more than ever.
Another reason for the spike she says is the lack of sincerity with people not taking Covid booster doses and following minimum Covid precautions.
Dr Jain explains that you shouldn't be scared of the H3N2, as it is not fatal. However, taking a flu shot is every year is important, and it is made available by the WHO.
Similarly, for Covid-19, according to Dr Jain, taking the booster dose is very important along with maintaining basic Covid safety protocols like wearing a mask and using sanitiser.