Coimbatore: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, wearing a PPE kit, while inpecting a COVID-19 centre during his visit to ESI hospital, in Coimbatore, Sunday, May 30, 2021. (PTI Photo)
New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Every 10th household in India is right now reporting an active case within immediate family members and almost every fifth household in India is reporting loss of life among near and dear ones, as per the IANS-CVoter Covid Tracker.
This means one in every 10 Indian families has at least one family member suffering from Covid and one in every 20 Indian families has self-reported a death within immediate or extended family, as per the tracker.
The tracker is reporting high incidence of healthy people dying of Covid. As per the tracker, 58.9 per cent said that the person was completely healthy before and died of Covid itself.
And the highest number of deaths are being reported in the relatively young. 36.2 per cent deaths occurred in the age bracket below 45 years. 14.9 per cent deaths are between 26 and 35 years and 19.1 per cent deaths between 36 and 45 years.
The fear remains about someone in the family getting infected or not getting treatment. This fear is unlikely to go down till the actual number of cases go down and people start getting treatment and oxygen properly without getting too stressed about it. The tracker is generally one to two weeks ahead of the official trendline, and we don't see that happening for next 6 to 8 weeks in near future.
The tracker found that Corona becomes the top issue, again in India and the number of confirmed positive cases and deaths within immediate family as reported by Tracker is multiple times over the official Government numbers.
Even by the most conservative estimates, the self-reported ILI (Influenza like illness) symptoms is directly in sync with the trendline of self-reported Covid positive cases. Needless to say, that only a fraction of such cases have been tested for Covid, as usual. So, the lack of testing is being passed as lack of positive cases.
"Whichever way we calculate, the official records are showing less than 1/10th of numbers that is being reported by the public, be it in case of Active report or be it the case of mortalities. The self-reported numbers by "We, the people of India" are numbing, and experienced by all of us barring the "system", the tracker found.
The sample size of the Covid-19 tracker was 56,685 and the period of the survey was January 1 to May 27, 20021 covering all 542 Lok Sabha segments.
56.9 per cent respondents said they are afraid that either myself or someone in my family may actually catch the Coronavirus.
Opinion is divided on whether the Indian government is handling the Coronavirus well as 48.7 per cent said yes and 48.6 per cent said no. However, 46.8 per cent feel that the threat from Coronavirus is exaggerated.
On the requirement of ICU, ventilator, oxygen supply, 51.7 per cent said there was a requirement and got these easily while 31.7 per cent said they got these after lot of efforts while 8.4 per cent said they did not get these even after lots of efforts.