By DN Singh
There is a confusion and that is a baffling one. Odisha has recently faced a challenge that the deadly dengue has settled in. As we see the monsoon on the rise, post it the Malaria is bound to surface.
On top of that the menace of the Covid persists and a fear is being spread by certain medical fraternity that, the children may be easy targets this time. And it has happened in some states.
While talking about dengue and Covid what is worrisome is the state of undifferentiated symptoms of both. It is natural that monsoon related diseases are to occur and Odisha had remained infamous for the chronic occurrence of Malaria so, dengue cannot be far away.
When since the outbreak of the Covid, till date there is no certainty over what are the exact symptoms, now some medical experts find some commonality in the symptoms of both dengue and Covid.
Odisha having a little less than 47% forest areas and numerous water bodies and a sizable population not only hygienically unaware and poor, any such outbreak is imminent.
But if it is not clear and it still remains so, that exactly what are the symptoms then how a larger chunk of the state’s population which is not enough literate can go along the path of taking precautions as regards symptoms.
Both Dengue and Covid have familiar symptoms and no mechanism is in place in diagnosing the fever through differentiating diseases.
In both the cases there can be accumulation of cough due to fluid accumulation and then breathlessness. Dr. Sumit Ray, a known critical care specialist has been quoted saying that, in Covid and Dengue are similar and as regards Covid the symptoms have changed in last two years.
It is all a panic mix of symptoms. Although the spread of Malaria in Odisha has remained under control to a great extent, but the monsoon settles in with a possibility of its reoccurrence.
Very recently a new fear has surfaced. According to AIIMS Bhubaneswar, a new fungus has been discovered which reportedly causes mucormycosis.
Going by the Associate Professor of microbiology, Vinay Kumar Hallur, Cunninghamella arunalokei is a new specie of Cunninghamella from India causing disease in a immunocompetent individual.
There are few symptoms in both the dengue and Malaria those are common.
Children At Risk!
With the fear of a third wave of Covid looming over, the information obtained from the Health Directorate is little worrisome. It says that so far adolescents and kids are more likely to be infected by the Covid. Out of total 69,340 children infected 27k plus have tested positive and the needle of fear pointing at the younger generation, the department has started gearing up its measures to safeguard the children in the state.
About the Author:
DN Singh is a Bhubaneswar-based senior journalist.
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