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“Delta-plus variant: No proof it’s more dangerous”

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As experts warn of the third wave in India, the focus has shifted to the novel coronavirus’s Delta-plus variant, which has only been detected in a small number of cases in the country so far. However, given how the Delta variant of the novel coronavirus, also known as B.1.617.2, fueled the second wave of cases in the country, authorities will be keeping a close eye on this new variant, also known as AY.1.

According to researchers from the CSIR’s Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), it could be connected to the virus’s ability to better escape immune responses. This means the virus could potentially dodge vaccines and antibody therapy.

Speaking to News Karnataka renowned physician Dr. Srinivas Kakkilaya said, “there is no evidence to show that delta variant is more dangerous than previous ones. The mutations are extremely common among the viruses which are spreading through the respiratory route, and transmit from person to person. These mutations are nothing new. These are minor mutations that do not change the character of the virus. There are more than 3000 mutations reported in the novel Coronavirus, he said. 

“There is no evidence to show that any variants are more dangerous than the other variants. However, some of the variants can spread faster. No variants are reported causing more serious diseases or more deaths, except few cases reported in South Africa. Increased transmissibility is not a big problem, more people will get infected and they will recover as well,” he clarified.

“The sixth Sero survey done in Delhi reported that 55% infected are children. So, children are as commonly infected as others. There is no difference in the behaviour of the virus in the first wave or second wave, and there is no reason to say that the third wave will affect children.Indian Academy of Pediatrics has stated that children are not at higher risk compared to adults,” he informed.

“Maintaining physical distance is necessary to avoid infections. People with co-morbidities or with BP, sugar and other illness have to be careful. If anyone has Corona symptoms, they should strictly follow the diet and monitor their health. If they feel difficulties in breathing, drop in oxygen level they have to visit the hospital immediately,” he added.


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