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Vikash Sharma

Steroids are double-edged weapons and will be used as per the revised guidelines issued by the Centre, said Public Health Director, Niranjan Mishra on Monday.

 Mishra said that steroids are being used in Covid-19 treatment as per the guidelines. At present those are being used only for the treatment of moderate to severe cases of Covid-19.

"Steroids are being used in cases of Covid-19 patients who are moderately infected or critically ill and for those who require oxygen or ventilator support. Steroids will have no impact or is not required to treatment mild cases," said Mishra.

While responding to a query in the third wave of Covid-19, Mishra said already several countries across the world are facing the third wave.

As of now, there are predictions regarding the third wave and the Odisha government is in full prepardness mode to deal with any emerging situation in the future.

"It is observed that the impact of third wave is much low compared to second wave of Covid-19 pandemic. However, the State government is ready and everybody needs to be cautious.  Everyone should keep following the Covid appropriate behaviour," said Mishra.

Mishra further stressed speeding up the vaccination process before the third wave hits Odisha.

"The entire vaccination process depends on how much vaccines are provided by the Centre. The vaccination drive will be taken up as per the stock supplied to us. However, the State government has made elaborate plans and readied infrastructure for the Covid-19 vaccination drive," Mishra added.

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