Express e-Adda LIVE Updates: We may see a second spike in Covid-19 cases in winter, says Dr Guleria
Online Express Adda: "The new strategies will have to be based on Covid-19 being around. There needs to be different strategies for different areas in the country. One size fits all approach won't help," AIIMS Director Dr Guleria said.
Dr Randeep Guleria is part of the core team of top officials reviewing and monitoring the pandemic in the country.
Online Express Adda: AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria, who is closely involved in building strategies for prevention, containment, and management of COVID-19 in India, stressed “we have to live with Covid-19 for some time” and said a second spike in cases might happen in the winter.
“We should look at this as a long-term battle stretching beyond a year,” Dr Guleria, who is the guest at The Indian Express’ second online Express Adda, said. He said the focus should be more on hotspots to bring down the number of cases.
“The new strategies will have to be based on Covid-19 being around. There needs to be different strategies for different areas in the country. One size fits all approach won’t help. There needs to be granular monitoring in hotspot areas,” Dr Guleria said.
Dr Guleria, who is part of the core team of top officials reviewing and monitoring the pandemic in the country, said community participation had helped in containing the spread of the infection. On the way ahead, Dr Guleria said the private sector needs to become active to handle the Covid-19 crisis. “So far, we have not seen much participation from private hospitals,” Dr Guleria says.
As India gears for a staggered exit from the lockdown, Dr Guleria gave his insights on preparations for a possible surge in cases if curbs are eased and if the country has enough beds, paramedical staff, intensive care units, and ventilators to face a possible spike.
AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria on strategies for prevention, containment, and management of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in India. Follow LIVE Updates
Dr Randeep Guleria at AIIMS, New Delhi. (Express photo)
Dr Randeep Guleria is part of the core team of top officials reviewing and monitoring the pandemic in the country. He heads the Clinical Research Group of the National Task Force for COVID-19. He is also a member of the empowered group constituted by the government to track the availability of facilities and critical care training and heads a team that runs the National Tele-consultation Centre at AIIMS, connecting doctors across the country in real-time for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
The Express Adda is a series of informal interactions organised by The Indian Express Group and features those at the centre of change. Among the recent guests were Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, Chief Economic Advisor Krishnamurthy Subramanian, former UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and cancer specialist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Dr Siddhartha Mukherjee. Last week, the Adda moved online with Dr Arvind Subramanian, former Chief Economic Adviser and Visiting Lecturer at Harvard Kennedy School as the first e-Adda guest.