In flu season, virus symptoms spark Covid 3.0 fear among kids

As India recovers bit by bit from a debilitating second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, there has been a unexpected increase in instances of fever – each influenza and viral, as perfectly as publish-monsoon conditions like malaria and dengue.

This yr, about fifty three,343 fever instances were being reported in June, although in 2019, there were being 625,651 instances for the entire yr. The pandemic-hit 2020 was an aberration, when instances of fever (269,840 instances) were being considerably reduce considering that folks stayed indoors.

But publish-monsoon, some clinicians have observed a surge in paediatric Covid instances.

Dr Suresh Kumar Panuganti, lead advisor-paediatric vital care and paediatrics, Yashoda Hospitals, Hyderabad, claimed in the previous two-3 weeks, there has been a 10 per cent increase in paediatric Covid instances, in contrast to the previous 3 months.

“At this stage, however, a lot less than 5 per cent of youngsters currently being analyzed are turning out to be Covid-favourable. It is not alarming but,” claimed Dr Panuganti.

Doctors additional hint that there has been a adjust in signs of paediatric Covid this yr, in contrast to March past yr. “Children did not have respiratory signs past yr. Of late, we are seeing signs of flu – cough, chilly, fever, and entire body ache,” additional Dr Panuganti.

Precursor to the 3rd wave?

There were being experiences that the 3rd wave is most likely to have an affect on youngsters additional. “We have the knowledge from the serosurvey that demonstrates 60 per cent of youngsters are currently uncovered to the novel coronavirus. I don’t think they are likely to be disproportionately influenced if there is in fact a 3rd wave. We must be concentrating our initiatives on measuring disorder in youngsters a lot better than we have completed so considerably,” claimed Dr Gagandeep Kang, professor at the Christian Health-related Faculty in Vellore.

She claimed this will allow for authorities to assess hazard among the youngsters and counter-balance likely hazard from vaccination. A spate of deaths reported in Uttar Pradesh (UP) has brought on a clutch of panicky headlines about a ‘mystery fever’ sweeping by way of the countryside.

From January one to September fifteen, Madhya Pradesh (MP) saw 3,five hundred instances of dengue, in contrast to 806 instances for the full of 2020. What is elevating the heartbeat of the point out wellbeing section is that fifty per cent (practically one,750 instances) was reported in the August fifteen-September fifteen interval.

“We experienced 3,five hundred dengue instances so considerably this yr. Typical older people are the only favourable instances, no young ones influenced,” claimed Himanshu Jayswar, point out programme officer for command of vector-borne disorder.

On the other hand, the point out reported only 5 deaths.


The MP story may possibly perfectly be an instance of the unexpected spike in instances of fever in India – termed ‘mystery fever’ by lots of – claiming around one hundred lives in 5 states, which include UP, MP, Bihar, Haryana, and West Bengal (WB). In UP, only Firozabad and Mathura reported seventy two instances, revealed media experiences.

Industry experts show that the genuine motive for the unexpected spike in instances may possibly perfectly be a lower foundation in 2020. In 2020, there was a fall of 46 per cent in malaria instances, 78 per cent in dengue, and forty seven per cent in chikungunya in India, in contrast to 2019.

On the other hand, in WB, viral infection influenced around one,000 youngsters in North Bengal, claiming the lives of 6. Point out and metropolis civic bodies have began surveillance of fever instances.

In Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is conducting surveillance with paediatricians boy or girl professionals in the metropolis have gained letters from authorities for reporting instances of fever.

Dr Amin Rahim Kaba, consulting paediatrician, Masina Medical center, claimed, “Most viral fevers are now accompanied with a rash. A fever with rash surveillance is ongoing with the BMC.”

The influenza pressure infecting folks is also distinct from the dominant pressure for the past couple decades.

Mentioned Dr Panuganti, “Many youngsters have missed their regime flu shots, and this is a single of the reasons for the increase in flu instances. The recent influenza pressure is distinct from what we have found in the previous two-3 decades. The new vaccine has come now, but lots of have not but taken it. In the previous 18 months, we have found substantial reduction in influenza instances.”


  • Industry experts say 2020 was a lower foundation yr for fever instances
  • In 2020, 46% fall in malaria instances, 78% fall in dengue
  • A lot less than 5% of individuals with fever are screening favourable for Covid
  • Very last 3 weeks have found a increase in paediatric Covid instances
  • Youngsters not likely to be disproportionately influenced in 3rd wave