Covid caseload falls, experts say ‘immunity wall’ at work

Times of India | 5 days ago | 22-09-2022 | 08:33 am

Covid caseload falls, experts say ‘immunity wall’ at work

Pune: Active Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra have dropped 48% over the last 15 days, data showed on Wednesday. The state had more than 8,000 active cases around September 5, but that has now dropped to just over 4,000 (4,216).Officials said the Covid caseload has been easing since August 26. Around September 11, Mumbai had the state’s most active cases (1,711), followed by Thane (1,437) and Pune (1370). Positivity rates at the time were 10% for Pune, 5.2% for Thane and 4% for Mumbai. Now though, the numbers tell a different story. Pune has 1,232 active cases (as of September 20), Mumbai has some 930 and Thane’s active caseload is down to 647. Pune’s positivity rate is 9.8%, Thane’s is 3% and in Mumbai, it’s 2%.The state’s overall positivity rate is 3% — it has been below 5% for two weeks.Health authorities who were fearing a surge in cases after the Ganesh festival are relieved. And public health experts said the drop in caseload, despite nearly negligible masking, suggests some defences against SARS-CoV-2 are working. “The community level ‘immunity wall’ due to vaccinations, previous infections and hybrid immunity may be some of the reasons for the drop. These can reduce incidence of severe illness and hospitalisations. Second, most festivities happen outdoors. Transmission in outdoor settings is much lower than indoor settings,” said Dr Sanjay Pujari, a member of the national Covid task force.He added that the ‘immunity wall’ may also be curbing super-spreader events indoors. “The third reason is many with mild Covid are not getting tested. This also underestimates the burden of mild illness and overall Covid-19 rates. Fourth reason is the lag between rise in illness rates and hospitalisations so, we’ll need to keep an eye on hospitalisations for the next two weeks,” Dr Pujari said.Dr Sudhir Patsute, an infectious diseases expert at Naidu Hospital, said any virus that has circulated in a community for an extended period of time goes on to become milder. “That’s unless there is a major mutation that changes its transmission and virulence characteristics,” he said.Dr Patsute added, “We expect to keep seeing Covid cases in the community for the next 6-7 years, at least till another stronger virus comes to replace it. But we don’t foresee any major Covid waves, not until a significant mutation occurs in SARS-CoV-2. Many are now behind the hybrid immunity wall. But ups and downs, like H1N1 this year, may happen.”

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Young Legislators From All Across The Country To Be On One Platform In A Historic Effort At National Young Legislators’ Conference (NYLC)