New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: As the confirmed coronavirus cases close the mark of nine million worldwide, with reports suggesting the sharpest-ever spike in the number of COVID cases in at least 78 countries, the scientists are suggesting the notion of much-used notion of ‘second wave’ of coronavirus rather untimely as most of the world is not over its first wave of contagion infections.

Some experts have also said that ‘second wave’ is probably the wrong term to describe the events in the wake of coronavirus infections.

Dr Arnold Monto, a University of Michigan flu expert told Associated Press, that the continuous rise in COVID cases can be called as ‘continued transmission with flare-ups’. “What I would call this is continued transmission with flare-ups,” Dr Monto said.

Monto doesn’t think “the second wave” really describes what’s happening now, calling it “totally semantics.” “Second waves are basically in the eye of the beholder,” Dr Monto was quoted as saying by Associated Press.

However, Dr Richard Besser, chief executive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, believes that semantics matter. Because popularising the notion that a first wave has passed may give people a false sense that the worst is over.

The notion of ‘second wave’ of coronavirus cases originates from the Flu-like symptoms which the contagion infection shows among the infected individuals. The ‘seasonal’ flu also sometimes feature a second wave of infections. But since the seasonal link of COVID cases has not proven right, with warm and humid countries like Brazil and India also recording a high number of coronavirus cases, the ‘second wave’ of coronavirus appears to hold no solid ground.

Also, even in the second wave of seasonal-flu, there is a significant gap between the appearance of last cases of the previous wave of infections, which in most of the world, except for the countries like South Korea, New Zealand, Namibia and China which reportedly recorded no cases for many days at a stretch.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma