Key findings of the multi-centric matched case-control study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) specify that COVID-19 vaccination did not increase the risk of sudden death among young adults in India. On the contrary, it reduced the risk of sudden deaths among adults, said the report.
"Factors that did increase the chances of sudden deaths included being in the hospital for COVID-19 in the past and certain behaviors like binge drinking and intense physical activity shortly before death," the study said.
The study was conducted to investigate the factors contributing to sudden unexplained deaths among healthy young adults in India after fears that they might be related to COVID-19 vaccinations.
At least 10 people had died of heart attack during garba events in Gujarat during Navratri. The youngest victim was just 17 years old. In this context, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya cautioned severe COVID-19 patients against hard labor and strenuous exercise.
"The detailed study has recommended that those who had severe COVID-19 should stay away from continuous labor, laborious running, exercise, etc., for a year or two, so that heart attacks can be prevented,” Mandaviya said.
India's COVID-19 case tally is at 4.5 crore. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease is over 4.4 crore with a recovery rate of 98.81 percent. The case fatality rate is 1.19 percent. 220.67 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the country so far.