What is Covid-19 Deltas plus variant?
Finally, the Delta Plus version is active in the South Indian states of Kerala and Maharashtra in August weekend more than 40 thousand active Delta Plus various cases every day is becoming a headache of state government and central government. The expert says “third wave is coming soon in India we get ready for it “
The Delta plus variant of the Sas- Cov-2 groups of Indian covid 19 task force has said that the studies on the new variant are still in early stages to conclude on its transmissibility and resistance to the vaccine.
the so-called delta plus variant exhibits an additional mutation in the delta variant and since this is a new variant scientific knowledge is still in the early stage by “Mr. VK Paul” covid task force chief
whether this additional mutation in the delta variant is associated with increased transmissibility or excess severity of disease or any advice effect on vaccine efficacy is currently not established and we should wait for this information to emerge. and we should wait for these aspects to be studied systematically ” Mr. Paul said”
on Monday, top Govt officials told a parliamentary panel that Covid -19 cases with variants of concern rose from 10.30% of total infection in may to 51% till June 20. The officials stressed that both coxing and covishield work against these strains albeit with slightly reduced potency.
The variant called “Delta plus” in India was first reported in the public health England bulletin. The new delta plus variant has been formed due to a mutation in the delta or B.1.617.2 variant delta plus “AY.1”
the mutation is the result of the Delta variant acquiring the spike protein mutation (K417N) to form what is scientifically known as the AY.1 variant. this mutation of sars -Cov-2, helps the virus enter and infect the human cells.
Experts believe delta plus has increased transmissibility but it is still not very clear as to how virulent this new strain is in comparison to other variants
Where was it first found?
The variant was a first to notice in England in Europe in March, and has been under surveillance science, but has only come into public attention in June
The public health England (PHP) report, published on 7 June around 63 Genomes of the Delta variant with the “K417N”, The mutation have been identified on the GISAID (The Global Science Initiative that Provides Genomic Data of Influenza Viruses)
Scientists attribute the earliest such sequence to Europe in late March with 127 sequences added from Europe, Asia, and America by Dr. Vinod Scaria, a clinical and computational biologist at Delhi’s Institute of genomics and integrative biology
several genomes now available across the world were part of the “AY.1” or “B.1.617.2.1” lineage. The sequences are mostly from Europe, Asia and America, said scaria.
the “K417N mutation is also found in Beta or “B.1.351, which is regarded as a variant of concern.
where all has it been found?
this new variant was first reported by Public health England in their June 11 bulletins, but experts believe it was present in six Genomes from India from June 07
However, it was clarified by the Indian govt that experts conducted an analysis of samples after the public health England reported the new mutant and found traces of delta plus in samples collected on April 05.
besides India, the Delta plus variant has been found in the US, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, China, and Russia,
Is the variant a cause of concern?
The mutation is classified as a variant of interest and variant of concern depending on its easy transmission reduced, neutralization by antibodies, and vaccines effectiveness against the variant.
“whatever is tracking this variant as part of the delta variant, as we are doing for other variants of concern with additional mutation”
the “WHO” said in a statement sent to Reuters
for the moment, this variant does not seem to be common currently accounting for only a small fraction of the delta sequence delta and other circulating variants of concern remain a higher public health risk as they have demonstrated increases in transmission it said
India labels Delta plus Variant of concern
Ringing an alarm over the need to avoid large gatherings and maintain covid- appropriate behavior, the Indian Government identified covid 19 Delta plus as a ” variant of concern”
The center govt and state govt suggested immediate containment measures, including preventing crowds and intermingling of people, widespread testing, prompt contact tracing as well as vaccine coverage on a priority basis in these districts.
are vaccines effective against delta plus variant?
the govt has asserted that both the covid-19 vaccines-vaccines-covishield and covaxin –work against SARS- CoV-2 variants like the Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta,
Covid-19 vaccines made by AstraZeneca and the Pfizer-Biotech alliance remain broadly effective against delta and kappa variants of the covid-19 causing virus which were first identified in India according to a scientific study by oxford university underpinning a continued push to deliver the shots. However, it is not yet clear if the existing vaccines are effective against delta plus
Is side effect different in young people?
When we are young, our immunity is at its highest. In a way, this makes younger people (i.e. People below 50 are less likely to develop an illness or become frail. As with any vaccine, those under 50 may be more susceptible to side effects. This could make them more tired and sicker than someone 65 or older.
A study has shown that people younger than 50 who receive the vaccine will experience more severe side effects, such as fatigue, low-to-moderate fever, back pain, and joint pain.
Some ‘unusual symptoms’ are more common in younger people and women than others. These include nausea, cramps, stomach pain, cramps, or temporary changes in the menstrual cycle.
Side-effects that could occur more frequently in younger patients include flu-like symptoms, fast heartbeat, weakness, and soreness.
Having said that, it’s possible that you will experience side effects that are not as severe or minor as the vaccine. However, this could also mean that your symptoms may be overlooked or ignored. This does not mean that the vaccine is failing to do its job, provided you follow all preventive measures.
The Third wave is no far from India we will get ready for it. We should get our vaccine as soon as possible, in the prevention of covid-19, the only vaccines can keep us safe.