The third wave is expected to be even more severe than the second, and experts believe the wave would be inevitable. It is, however, unpredictable.
BBC News reports, as travel restrictions loosen across the country, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), an organization representing doctors in India, has also warned that the third wave of COVID-19 is ''inevitable.''
In an epidemic, there is no definition of what comprises a wave reports the Indian Express. The phrase is used broadly to describe the rising and falling trends in infection rates throughout time. The term "wave" was originally used to denote the disease's seasonality.
So far in India, there have been two different phases of a surge in COVID-19 cases, each separated by a brief respite. The third phase, which is currently being debated, concerns a possible increase in national cases. The national curve appears to be on a declining trend after peaking on May 6.
The daily case count has reduced to roughly 2.6 lakh from a high of 4.14 lakh in July, while active cases have dropped to 32.25 lakh from 37.45 lakh. India is expected to reach the same level of case counts as it did in February by July if present trends continue.
If a new surge occurs, it will be classified as the third wave if it lasts several weeks or months. Furthermore, as is the case in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, states may continue to observe localized surges. They wouldn't be labeled the third wave if they didn't have enough clout to sway the national curve.
It's been speculated that the third wave will be considerably more deadly than the previous two. This, on the other hand, isn't something that can be foreseen. There's a possibility for a third wave. Consequently, neither the scope nor the timing of the wave can be foreseen. However, it is not unavoidable. According to VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor, the catastrophe could be prevented if individuals continue to take action.
The wave could also be substantially less severe than the preceding one. However, this cannot be predicted. As a result, the assertion cannot be verified at the current time.
The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19, including symptoms, prevention, and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organization or your national healthcare authority.