‘it Is Now Clear That Covid Will Have 2 Surges Annually’ | Kolkata News

Kolkata: Peerless Hospital, where a single Covid patient is admitted, has reserved an ITU bed, apart from four isolation beds. “We have revived a dedicated team of seven nurses for the purpose. If the number of patients crosses 15, we will convert an entire 40-bed unit into a Covid one,” said CEO Sudipta Mitra. Masks have been made compulsory for all inside the hospital.
It is now clear that Covid will have two surges annually, said Institute of Post-Graduate Medical Education & Research (IPGMER) professor Diptendra Sarkar. “We are about to experience the first one this year, but it is likely to be a minor one. Infections will be mild and hospitalizations should be few. But we need to protect the vulnerable population — the elderly and those with co-morbidities — to prevent hospitalizations and mortality. Unless the number of deaths rises, which seems unlikely, we shouldn’t worry,” Sarkar said.
RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences will continue to earmark a five-bed isolation unit as the area to keep Covid patients, if any. “If numbers go up, we will immediately create a Covid ward, like we did earlier All Covid protocols have been revived and are being implemented,” said zonal head R Venkatesh.

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