India has identified another covid variant as a matter of concern. It was first discovered in Europe.
The study found that the new variant had symptoms such as being easily infected, causing serious illness and difficulty controlling with antibodies, according to the Department of Health.
Called the Delta Plus variant, the new variant, known as AY1, spreads from one person to another very quickly, attacking the adhesive attached to the lung cells and not succumbing to monoclonal antibody therapy, according to the Union Health Minister.
This new Delta Plus variant is related to the Delta variant which is considered to be the cause of the second wave which is fatal in India.
The Delta Plus variant was identified in April in 22 samples collected from six districts in Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh, the Union Health Ministry said. Of these 22, 16 samples were from Maharashtra.
This Delta Plus variant has also been seen in the US, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, Russia and China
Viruses are constantly mutating. Some changes may even infect the virus itself.
Some of these mutations make the virus more deadly and increase the risk of infection. Only such dangerous mutations are prevalent.
However, some virologists are questioning the inclusion of Delta Plus in the ‘Variant of Concern’ category. They argue that not enough data is available yet based on what makes Delta Plus even more dangerous.
“It is not a variant of concern based on 22 data sequences,” said virologist Dr Gagandeep Kang.
The more clinical and biological information is needed to consider this as a variant of concern,” he said.
‘Study of hundreds of patients infected with covid due to this Delta Plus variant and whether the severity of the disease in them is higher than that of the Delta variant victims .. Is the infection from them also higher? That should be studied, “said Dr. Kang.
This Delta Plus variant has another mutation called K4177. This mutation also appears in beta and gamma variants.
Most people infected with the beta variant were hospitalized and died during the first wave in South Africa.
The gamma variant prevalent in Brazil is more contagious than the rest.
The GISAID database contains 166 examples of the Delta Plus variant. However, Dr. Jeremy Camille, a scientist at the Louisiana State University Center for Health Sciences, said, “There does not seem to be a reason why the Delta Plus is more dangerous than the Delta variant.”
“Individuals who have been contaminated with the Covid previously, the individuals who are immunocompromised, and the individuals who have not been immunized are bound to be tainted,” said Kamil.
Anurag Agarwal, Director, CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) in Delhi, one of the 28 labs doing genome sequencing in India, said, “The whole Delta variant series is alarming.
We have no sign that the Delta Plus variety is transforming into a peril to general prosperity at the present time. There are no such worrying developments yet. We are strengthening all public health systems, ”said Anurag Agarwal.
india, which lifted its hand when the Delta variation emitted, is currently reacting a smidgen more to keep that from occurring,” Dr Kamil said.
“I am not worried about anything. However, there is nothing wrong with keeping an eye on it, ”said Kamil.
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