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Publish Date: 10 Jul, 2021 |
 

 

Delta Plus Variant Symptoms: 

Since India has now somehow won its fight over the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, speculations about the third deadly wave are now being made. As per the media reports, India has now reported around 42 new cases of the Delta Plus variant of the Covid-19 virus, which is being considered a matter of concern.

So, in this article further, we will know more about what actually is the Delta Plus variant, its symptoms, and precautions.

What is the Delta Plus variant?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognized the B.1.617.2 strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus as the ‘Delta’ variant, but now, this Delta variant has further mutated itself to form the “Delta Plus” or the “AY.1” variant. 

As per the recent reports, the initial data suggests that the Delta Plus variant depicts signs of resistance against the monoclonal antibody cocktail treatment. 

What are the symptoms of the Delta Plus variant?

While this newest variant of the virus is still being researched and studied upon, scientists are trying to spot the difference between the symptoms of the Covid-19 virus and the Delta Plus mutant. And considering the preliminary studies, these are some of the symptoms of the Delta Plus variant:

Usual Dry Cough,

Fever

Tiredness

Aches and pains

Skin rashes

Toes and fingers discoloration

Sore throat

Conjunctivitis

Loss of taste and smell

Diarrhea

Headache and Chest Pain

Breathlessness or shortness of breath

Speech loss

Stomach ache

Nausea

Appetite loss and vomiting

Joint pains

Hearing impairment

What are the traits of the Delta Plus Variant?

The 3 basic traits of the Delta Plus variant as stated by the Health Department are:

  • The Delta Plus Variant is highly communicable and will transmit easily.

  • The Delta Plus variant sticks firmly to the receptors of the cells of the lungs.

  • The Delta Plus variant resists the monoclonal antibody treatment process.

Precautions to be taken for the Delta Plus variant:

After being termed as the variant of concern, here are some of the precautionary tips against the Delta Plus variant which everyone must follow, 

One must maintain good hygiene, considering oral and physical cleanliness. Maintaining proper social distancing and wearing double masks are also effective prevention from the Delta Plus variant. 

Moreover, one must avoid the areas and places containing lots of dust and stored contaminated water, and wearing an N95 respirator is advised. 

Also, keep washing your hand and face properly with soap and water, after contacting soil or dust. 

Are vaccines effective on the Delta Plus variant?

As per the recent press release by the Health Ministry, the vaccines being administered in India namely the Covishield and Covaxin are effective on the Delta variant. However, scientists are yet to test the effectiveness of vaccines of the Delta Plus variant of the Covid-19 virus. 

Can the Delta Plus variant be the cause behind the third wave of the Covid-19 virus in India?

As of now, the Delta Plus variant has been categorized as the ‘variant of concern’, and various speculations on the Delta Plus variant being a catalyst for the onset of the severe third wave of the Covid-19 virus in India. However, further studies in this regard are still underway.

 


 

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