Our country is already going through a lot and yet another matter of concern has risen up i.e. a new variant of Covid-19 i.e. Delta Plus. It is a matter of concern because it is considered as highly infectious and is expected to bring the 3rd wave in the country. This deadly Covid-19 variant case is found in states like Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Maharashtra. In the article, we have discussed about what is Delta Plus, its symptoms, and everything you should know.
What is Delta Plus?
At the end of the last year, India was detected with a triple mutant of the novel coronavirus of B.1.617.2 lineage, which was supposed to be blamed for hitting the Covid-19 2nd wave in the country. The name Delta was declared on the 31st of May by the World Health Organization. This Delta variant mutated further into Delta Plus of AY.1 lineage which is the highly transmissible variant of Sars-CoV-2.
As per some sources, the first sequence of Delta was discovered in March 2021, Europe. Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri are two cities in Maharashtra, India where highest proportion of active infections are found. The National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL) is now studying the specimens from these cities for determining the presence of the Delta Plus variation.
Symptoms of Delta Plus
Scientists are still studying this new variant and trying to figure its symptoms. As per the general study apart from speech loss, shortness of breath, breathlessness, chest pain, headache, diarrhea, smell loss, loss of taste, conjunctivitis, sore throat, fingers and toes discoloration, skin rashes, pains and aches, tiredness, fever and dry cough, other added symptoms are hearing impairment, joint pains, vomiting, appetite loss, nausea and stomach ache.
Delta Plus resistance to monoclonal antibodies
As per some findings by the experts, it is suggested that Delta Plus may be resistant to monoclonal antibody. Imdevimab and Casirivimab are the two drugs that are combined and given as the therapy in India. One of the major concerns is that Delta Plus covid-19 variant might bypass the immunity provided by the two doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
Effectiveness of the vaccines
It is still to be tested whether the vaccines would be effective or not. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) former commissioner, Dr Scott Gottlieb, said, “The mRNA vaccine seems to be highly effective, about 88 percent against the Delta variant. The viral vector vaccines from Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca also appear to be about 60 percent effective.”
As per the health experts, the 3rd wave may be seen coming soon, with the Delta Plus variant though, the country is safe till now as the new Covid-19 variant prevalence is low. It is very important for all of us to not let this variant affect us and bring in the 3rd wave in the country. We as citizens of India should follow all the required guidelines and not allow this variant to spread. Please take your vaccines on time and avoid going out unnecessarily. If going out, please wear the mask, sanitize your hands and maintain a safe distance.