Between March and May 2021, more than 35000 children between 0-9 years tested positive for COVID-19 in Karnataka.
After the first wave, the widely used narrative in India was that the country defeated COVID-19. However, India has seen a devasting surge in cases during the second wave. According to epidemiologists in India, the mutated virus, namely the B.1.617 variant, is highly transmissible. The Time of India reported that upon coming into contact with an infected family member, the remaining members are testing positive for COVID-19. In most cases, children have been the primary contact of COVID-19 patients.
To date, India has recorded more than 26 million COVID-19 cases and around 300,000 deaths.
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.