September 15, 2021
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Since last 2 years, global healthcare is going through a challenging phase. What continues to keep the whole world on their toes is how to jointly deal with two situations; Pandemic and Panic. The Covid-19 virus continues to keep everyone guessing, but what still lingers in the mind of millions across the globe is, continued panic.
Just as all of us in India and overseas begin to heave a sigh of relief that the second wave is slowly coming to control, experts have found out another variant of the virus, this time, even more deadly and dangerous than the earlier ones – The Delta Plus.
Here, we talk about the Delta Plus Variant, the symptoms, risk factors and how to manage the situation.
What is the Delta Plus Variant?
Ever since it came into limelight for the first time in 2019, Coronavirus has been constantly changing forms and turning out into something more fearsome than its previous version. Labelled as, ‘a variant of concern’, this new mutant version of the Delta strain of Covid is known as Delta Plus.
The Delta Plus (B.1.617.2.1/ (AY.1) is seen as the next generation of SARS-COV-2. Research continues across the world to understand its severity and implications in greater depth. Studies conducted so far suggest that the Delta Plus variant is the result of the mutation in the spike protein of SARS-COV-2, which helps the virus enter the body and infect the human cells.
What are the symptoms of the Delta Plus Variant?
Top Virologists from across India and overseas have said that the symptoms of the Delta Plus variant are a combination of the Delta variant as well as its partner, Beta. They include, cough, diarrhoea, fever, headache, skin rash, discolouration of fingers and toes, chest pain, and shortness of breath.
Patients may present some other symptoms too like Stomach ache, nausea, vomiting and sudden loss of appetite.
Why is the Delta Variant a cause of concern?
Delta Plus has shown an increased ability to spread almost 60-70 times faster than its predecessor, the Delta variant. According to experts and studies conducted, this variant can easily attack the lungs and cause immense damage, leading to serious complications. According to one of the former senior most scientists associated with the Indian Council of Medical Research, two graded mutations which have occurred within the Delta variant have contributed to higher and faster transmission efficiency. This makes the Delta variant even more threatening than its predecessors.
Treatment and Support to manage the Delta Variant
Although medical experts are of the opinion that it is a bit early to predict the effectiveness of the existing vaccines on the new variant, they are of the firm opinion that Vaccination and safety measures such as wearing of face masks and maintaining physical distance are extremely critical to fighting the Delta Plus coronavirus variant, Detailed research continues on a war footing to find out more on how to arrest this rapidly surging variant.
The Bottom Line
At Sagar Hospitals, our interdisciplinary team of experts handle Delta plus variant infections in our patients, with utmost care and efficacy. In light of the continued variations observed in the behaviour of the Corona virus, it becomes increasingly difficult to predict when and how the virus will lose its stranglehold on human life. Till a concrete solution is arrived at, it becomes our independent responsibility to take care of ourselves and not ignore the slightest of the symptoms.
To know how you can be safe from the dangerous consequences of the Delta variant, meet our expert doctors at Sagar Hospitals for complete guidance and steps to be taken to stay safe and healthy.