The Delta Plus, or Delta-AY.1 variant, a sub-lineage of Delta variant, is a mutated version of the B.1.617.2 variant or strain. This strain is characterised by the K417N mutation in the spike protein of the SARS-CoV2 virus. The variant is the mutated form of the Delta variant, earlier found in India.
The Delta variant has so far been found in 85 countries. According to health experts, and has been the driving force behind a surge in infection in South Africa. In fact, the infectious disease experts in South Africa believe that the country is already experiencing a third wave of the infection due to the Delta variant.
What are the symptoms?
India’s top virologists have said that the Delta Plus variant carries symptoms of the Delta as well as its partner the beta variant. Some of these symptoms include cough, diarrhoea, fever, headache, skin rash, discolouration of fingers and toes, chest pain, and shortness of breath. .
The 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,
Aches and pains
Toes and fingers discoloration
Loss of taste and smell
Headache and Chest Pain
Breathlessness or shortness of breath
Appetite loss and vomiting
Are vaccines effective on the Delta Plus variant?
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.
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 distancingone must avoid the areas and places containing lots of dust, stored contaminated water, and wearing an N95 respirator is advised. and wearing double masks are also effective prevention from the Delta Plus variant.
Also, keep washing your hand and face properly with soap and water, after contacting soil or dust.
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
Will Delta Plus be more transmissible?
Transmissibility of new variant is a crucial factor. Immunologist Vineeta Bal said the Delta plus variant’s resistance to monoclonal antibody cocktail is not an indication of higher virulence or severity. Bal is a guest faculty at Pune’s Indian Institute of Science Education and Research.
“How transmissible this new variant is will be a crucial factor to determine its rapid spread or otherwise,” Vineeta Bal told PTI. She added, “Thus, in individuals catching infection with the new variant, it may not be a matter worth worryi