"The Covid rumour waves started as early as the third week of January and the second rumour surfaced in the month of February. There has been confusion around, and all forms of media are pumping the information but all are not credible."
Under-18s are not routinely offered Covid vaccines, even if they have other underlying health conditions that put them at risk.
Shreeyash from Adilabad was brought to KIMS Cuddles with fever, cough and breathing difficulty which progressed rapidly needing ICU admission and breathing machine (ventilator) support. His condition continued to deteriorate and was put on highest ventilator (HFOV) support and inhaled nitric oxide (iNO).
With experts expressing concerns on the risk to children in the event of a third outbreak of the Covid pandemic in the country, the government has come out with comprehensive guidelines for the management of COVID-19 among children.
Noting that 60 per cent to 70 per cent of the children who got infected and got admitted in hospitals during the second wave in India, had either comorbidities or low immunity, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director said that healthy children recovered with mild illness without need for hospitalisation.