Delta Plus Variant
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In India, the cases of corona virus have been decreasing in the second wave. But the experts have already issued the fear of the third wave. And one of the main reason for concern is the rise in the number of delta plus variant cases in our country. As stated by doctors and experts delta variant is the mutation of the corona virus that appears to make it more transmissible.

As informed by the central government on Friday, the Country is facing 52 cases of the ‘delta plus’ variant right now in 11 states.

In a press conference, Balram Bhargava, Director General of ICMR said that the ‘delta plus’ variant cases had also been reported from 12 other countries.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a press briefing on Friday has warned saying The Delta variant of COVID-19, identified in at least 85 countries, is the “most transmissible” of the variants identified so far and is spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations.

WHAT IS THE DELTA VARIANT?

All viruses have the property to mutate so in the case of the corona virus. It has been seen that this virus has continuously mutated since it has emerged in China in late 2019 and with time it has changed its transmissibility, risk profile and even symptoms.

A mutant variant of SARC-COV-2, B.1.617.2 is now named the delta variant. In researches, it had been seen that it has a mutation in its spike protein, which makes it more transmissible and resistant to drugs.

Delta variant was first found in India. And now it has spread to 85 countries.

The WHO has also considered the delta variant as a matter of concern.

But after this mutation delta variant develops an additional mutation of possible importance and another variant came called delta plus.

WHAT IS THE DELTA PLUS VARIANT?

The delta plus variant is the mutated form of the delta variant. And now there is big havoc that this variant may become the reason for the third wave. India has already considered it as a variant of concern after finding 52 cases from 12 states. And among 12 states Maharashtra is having the highest number of delta plus variant cases.

One of the main reason for concern is its higher transmissible efficiency. This variant can easily be transferred from one person to other as compared to other strains that exist. This variant can become one of the most critical variants.

SYMPTOMS OF THIS NEW VARIANT

Experts say that this variant carries the same symptoms as the delta variant including its partner beta variant. Some of the symptoms are

  • Cough
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Discolouration of fingers and toes
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stomach ache
  • Nausea
  • Appetite loss

PRECAUTION NEEDS TO BE TAKEN

As the second wave of the corona is almost at its finishing point. And in most of the states, the government has removed the restrictions so people also started assuming that the corona virus has gone and again they started ignoring the safety measures like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing. People are repeating the same mistake as they did after the first wave. And the negligence after the first wave brought the second wave in our country.

So the first and the most important precaution one could take is wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing.

The second important step is vaccination. Experts have said that the vaccine is very much effective for this variant too. 

Vaccination and safety measures such as the wearing of face masks are essential when it comes to fighting the Delta Plus coronavirus variant, World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Russia Melita Vujnovic said.

Delta, first identified in India, has the potential “to be more lethal because it’s more efficient in the way it transmits between humans and it will eventually find those vulnerable individuals who will become severely ill, have to be hospitalized and potentially die,” Dr Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO’s health emergencies program, said during a news conference.

Anurag Agrawal, Director, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR), Delhi, speaks on the delta variant being a global concern, the impact of the mutation on efficacy of vaccines, cause of mutation in a virus and the difference between a strain and variant of a virus.

The Delta variant of COVID-19, identified in at least 85 countries, is the “most transmissible” of the variants identified so far and is spreading rapidly among unvaccinated populations, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned.

AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria in an interview with India today told that Delta plus variant is extremely transmissible. Following the covid safety measures can help to a great extent in fighting with this new variant.

This is being studied by INSACOG, a network of labs undertaking genomic sequencing in India and then we will know if vaccines are effective against this variant or not, Gulera said. 

CASES OF THE DELTA PLUS VARIANT

The first case of delta plus variant was found in 64-year women in Madhya Pradesh. However, she got recovered in the home isolation period only. And scientist looks at it as good news.

The maximum number of delta plus variant cases are in Maharashtra. Maharashtra counts 21 cases of delta variant.

In two district of Kerala 3 cases of delta plus variant has been recorded. Out of 3 cases, one patient was a 4-year child.

Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Jammu Kashmir have reported 1 case each

Next on the list is the states like Gujrat and Punjab with 2 cases of delta variant each.

The first death from the delta plus variant was reported earlier this week in Madhya Pradesh. And the patient was not vaccinated.

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By Nidhi Savya

Talented and immensely creative journalist with a commitment to high-quality research and writing.  Dedication to sound investigative research methods and a strong desire to know the truth of the matter. Currently walking on the path of gaining experience in the field of journalism. Breaking News Reporter- Working in Kashish News

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