All about Delta Plus Variant: the new variant of concern

Ever since COVID-19 hit India, the government and its people have joined hands to fight the virus, but all in vain unanimously. The cases of Sars COVID-19 viruses have been significantly increasing, thereby taking away the lives and livelihood of many. The virus is found to be mutating rapidly, which has further worsened the situation. The Delta variant of COVID-19 was the root cause behind the increased transmission and decrease of oxygen level in patients during the second wave of COVID-19.

A new variant of the virus generates when the virus mutates and changes occur in its genetic code. This leads to a change in the genetic makeup of the virus, making it all the more difficult for the available vaccines to act upon it swiftly. The increase in time taken by vaccines to successfully eliminate the virus keeps the patient susceptible to damage due to infection.

The newly discovered Delta plus is quite similar to the existing Delta variant of the COVID-19. It received the ‘Plus’ designation due to an addition to the already concerning Delta variant of Sars Cov2. In addition, it has a mutation called K417N that affects the virus’s spike protein. This mutation increased the virus’s capability to proliferate and infect healthy individuals.

The Delta Plus variant has received the honor of a “variant of concern” by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Scientists are keeping a close watch over the mutating Delta plus variant. Tests are being done to check the effectiveness of the vaccine against the virus.

India’s top virologists have said that the Delta plus variant not only carry the symptoms of its ancestor Delta variant but also depicts symptoms of its Beta variant. Cough, diarrhea, fever, fever, headache, skin rash, shortness of breath, chest pain, discoloration of fingers and toes are some of the common symptoms associated with it.

In addition to this, the scientists have also included in the chart symptoms like- nausea, stomach ache and appetite loss. These are strictly associated with the Delta plus variant.

Although the virus is severe, there is no need for panicking. The only possible ways to come of this labyrinth are as follows- 

Wear face masks

Maintain social distancing

Avoid going to crowded places

Wash your hands with soap.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

This process will slow down the spread of the virus. Once most of the people are vaccinated and the herd immunity thresholds are reached, we will get the upper hand over the virus. It will then be easy to control and eventually stop the spread of the virus, and life will be back to normal in all true forms.

The harsh reality is people are still ignorant towards the virus and taking it leniently. This attitude not just risks your life but of your dear ones too.

“Vaccination can mean the difference between life and death.”

Researchers and doctors all around the globe have tried their best to protect us against the virus. Vaccines are the only way out. Fortunately, they have proved to be a boon for those who were attacked by the virus.

Do not hesitate from getting vaccinated as it is entirely safe, with minor side effects persisting only for a day or two. So go ahead and book your slot for vaccination through our website,  and help the nation beat this virus by playing your part.

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