Covid Delta Plus Variant Covid: There are multiple variants of SARS-CoV-2 which are in circulation across the world. Some of the variants are known and some of the versions are still unidentified. In the second wave of Covid-19 in India, we have come across several new variants of this deadly virus. This mutation of virus and its new forms have made the second wave more intense. A New Delta Plus Variant Covid has been detected. Delta + version is the new variant which is hitting hard the world countries including India after previous variants (i.e. Alpha, Beta etc.) of the coronavirus. It is also called AY.1 and it has acquired K417N mutation. It is basically a sub-lineage of Delta Variant.
The first traces of Delta Plus variant were detected in India and thus it is considered as the country of origin of this contagious variant. In its earliest case in India, it was first detected in a sample taken in April 2021. It was first reported on Public Health, England in June 2021.
Covid Delta Plus Variant News
Delta Plus variant has now affected 80 countries across the world and is spreading with greater pace. This variant of covid is more severe than the other variants and thus it is important for to get vaccinated. The rate of vaccination is low in India as compared to other countries. The new cases which are arising in countries like UK, USA where more than half of the population has been vaccinated are due to Delta plus variant.
The Delta plus variant is more severe and this can be noticed by the fact that the currently available vaccines are more effective on alpha and beta versions of SARS-CoV-2 but less effected on the Delta variant. Those who are not vaccinated are more vulnerable to this variant. Various Governments has now flagged this variant of coronavirus as the Variant of Concern (VoC).
If you are curious to know about Delta Plus Variant of Coronavirus, then you are on the right place. Here in this section, you are going to get all the possible information and latest developments in the field of this new Variant. The symptoms of this variant are similar to the previous variants. Any new updates will be updated here.
Covid-19 Delta Plus Variant at a Glance
|Title||Delta Plus Variant|
|Name of the virus||Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)|
|Sub lineage of||Delta variant (B.1.351)|
|Technical name of Delta plus variant||B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1.|
|First reported in||June 2021|
How Severe is Delta Plus Variant?
As per the studies, B.1.617.2 the delta variant has now mutated to AY.1 i.e., to the Delta Variant. This variant causes severe illness than the other previous variants. As per reports and data from the United Kingdom and India, in past five to six weeks, it has emerged as prepotent variant. This clearly indicates that it is the most severe and dangerous variant of Coronavirus till date. However, studies and researches are still on this new variant are still on and every day we are countering new updates about the Delta Plus variant. s
As per clinical epidemiologist, Deepti Gurdasani who is working at the Queen Mary University of London), the high severity of Delta plus variant, its high transmission rate, and ability to escape from vaccines has made the variant much more dangerous and deadly than other variants. Once this variant enters a country it will spread more rapidly and will become a dominant variant. This variant could be hard to contain and could change the trajectory of the worldwide pandemic situation.
Oxford scientists have also noticed a pattern of reinfection in people who have been already affected by the virus. The second covid pandemic in India is attributed to the Delta version which surged around October 2020. Similarly, Delta plus variant is expected to bring a third wave in India. Several cases of people infected with this variant have been found in Maharashtra and the other two states in the past few days.
As the variant is new, studies and research on Delta plus variant are still going on. Every day we are getting new reports on this variant. Currently, as treatment of this disease is not available vaccination is the only way to safeguard ourselves from the deadly infection of this deadly coronavirus and its multiple variants. The government is urging people to get vaccinated as soon as possible. But as the virus is mutating rapidly the efficacy of Vaccines is also decreasing.
A few days back, it was said that both the vaccines (i.e. Covishield and Covaxin) are less effective on this variant in India but a fresh report says that they are quite effective on the new deadly variant infection.
According to scientists in a new report, vaccines made from the alliance of Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca are much more effective against this strain. The vaccine is effective and the effect of the virus can be neutralized by the two shots of the vaccine. However, it is still a matter of concern because there is no evidence that proves that vaccines that are available currently can provide 100%protection to us against the Delta Plus variant.
Therefore, it is advisable for all the people who have not got their jabs yet to get jabbed as soon as possible so that they can prevent themselves from this deadly version of SARS-CoV-2. People and experts in India are now worried that this variant could be a root cause of the arrival of third-wave in India.
Precautions to be taken Against Covid Delta Plus
This variant of Coronavirus is highly infectious and is said to be capable of bypassing the immunity provided developed by the vaccine. Although the predominance of this variant in India is still low, Delta plus variant is dominant in the country at present time.
The rate of hospitalization in people effective by the Delta Plus variant is quite high. The situation is alarming and necessary precautions should be taken by the Governments as well as by the citizens to contain this variant.
Delta variant is more severe and therefore it should be taken seriously. Although the government has removed various restrictions and lockdowns, citizens should still follow the social distancing norms and take necessary precautions. If no precautions are taken by the people in India, then we should be ready to face the third wave which could be more severe and deadly than the previous ones. Although the covid cases are declining, it is still necessary to follow the containment measure and follow Covid Appropriate behavior to avoid the infection caused by the Delta Plus variant.