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"States will see COVID-19 peak at different times, says epidemiologist"

OneIndia referenced UCLA Fielding School of Public Health alum Giridhara R. Babu (MPH '08, PhD '12) on the course of the pandemic in the Indian states of West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

The COVID-19 would peak at different times in states and there is not going to be uniformity across the country, a noted public health expert and epidemiologist said, suggesting heightened surveillance and forming district action plans to handle the pandemic more effectively.

Professor and Head of Life Course Epidemiology at the Public Health Foundation of India, Giridhara R Babu said the coronavirus is in complete ascendancy stage in states such as West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat, where it has gone beyond minimal containment.

There, things will have to be completely different in terms of reducing the mortality rate, while in other states we are yet to see the surge and, therefore, our preparedness will have to continue, he said.