On Monday afternoon, a statement from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare , read, “India reports more than 90,000 recoveries for the 3rd successive day. Total recovered cases close to 43 lakh- the highest in the world. India’s Recovery Rate crosses the landmark of 80%,”
Professor Gautam Menon, Professor of Physics and Biology at Ashoka University, said, “The recovery percentage is of very little significance from an epidemiological perspective. It tells us nothing about the current state of the pandemic since it is a cumulative measure.“
A senior member(anonymous) of the National Task Force on Covid-19, said, “Our base is large. If we are adding 90,000 plus cases a day and a thousand people are dying, the recovery rate will be pushed up. It means nothing. It will cross even 90-95%.“
Health economist, Rijo M John, said, “First of all, what we call recoveries are mostly discharges from Covid-care facilities and there have been reported incidents of people falling sick again and some even dying after being discharged. As per the discharge policy, patients who are mild/pre-symptomatic are discharged after 10 days of the onset of symptoms and not reporting fever for 3 days. They are discharged with an advice to self-isolate for 7 days more. This practice need not be foolproof.” says John.