V Ravi, Head of Neurovirology, NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences) and nodal officer in Karnataka Health Task Force for COVID-19 has said that by end of 2020, half of India’s population would suffer from coronavirus and 90% of these people won’t even know that they have coronavirus.
V Ravi has said that there will be a spike in COVID-19 cases after lockdown 4.0 ends. “The country has not yet witnessed the spike in cases. The numbers will go up June onwards after lockdown 4.0 ends on May 31 and there will be community spread,” he said.
V Ravi claimed that only 5-10 per cent of cases will have to be treated with high-flow oxygen and only 5 per cent would require ventilator support. “With lockdown 4.0 ending in the next few days, it is important for the states to be fully geared up with medical infrastructure to handle the increase in cases. To prepare the states to handle the spike, the Indian council of Medical Research (ICMR), under the directions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has directed all states to have at-least two COVID-19 testing laboratories in each district,” he added.
Speaking about the vaccine and coronavirus cure, V Ravi said that we will have to wait for the vaccine till March next year. V Ravi said, “People will eventually learn to live with the virus with all necessary precautions and preventive measures. The novel coronavirus is not as deadly as Ebola, MERS and SARS.”