Coronavirus is becoming more dangerous with one mutation after another. The delta variant, which is believed to be the 'main factor' of the second wave of corona in the country, has now changed to 'delta plus variant' with K417N mutation. So far studies have shown the naturally occurring delta plus variant to be more contagious and dangerous. It is being claimed in many reports that the possible third wave coming to the country could be due to this Delta Plus variant.
Looking at the nature of the Delta Plus variant, recently the government has officially declared it as 'Variants of Concern'. The government has said in a statement that studies are being done on how effective the vaccine is on the Delta Plus variant. If we look at the conclusion of the reports so far about the Delta Plus variant, then this variant is considered more dangerous and worrying. In this regard, Dr. Anurag Agarwal, Director, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR) has highlighted some important points, let us know in detail in this article.
What are Delta and Delta Plus variants?
Dr. Anurag explains a new mutation in the SARS-CoV-2 virus has been named Delta Variant (B.1.617.2). Such mutations are the spike proteins of the virus that make it more infectious. So far it has spread to 80 countries around the world. After India, it is now spreading rapidly in Britain, some states of America, Singapore, and southern China. The K417N mutation in the delta variant converts it to delta plus.
Such places are currently safe from the Delta Plus variant
Dr. Anurag says, in places where the Delta variant has been transitioned earlier, the Delta Plus variant is not expected to have much impact at the moment. The main reason for this is the antibodies made in the body during delta variant infection. The likelihood of an immediate threat in such places appears to be very low. The cases of Delta Plus in the country are not increasing very fast at the moment, which confirms this to a great extent. However, the central government is keeping a close watch on it as naturally, the Delta Plus variant is dangerous.
When will the third wave come?
Dr. Aggarwal says, at this time people are trying to know whether there will be a third wave of corona if it will come then when? All that can be said about this is that it will not come so soon. Since the delta variant has been considered as the main cause of the second wave, it is also certain that people infected during this period will have strong immunity against it. Therefore, at the national level, the third wave will have a serious impact, at the moment it is less likely. Yes, if carelessness is taken about the protective measures in the meantime, then there can be a possibility of it coming soon.
How effective are the vaccines on the new variants of Corona?
Regarding the effect of the vaccine on the Delta Plus variant, Dr. Aggarwal says, the pace of vaccination has been accelerated in the country. Work is being done in the direction of giving vaccines to more and more people in less time. Due to vaccination, the size of the third wave of corona will definitely be smaller. The vaccine is the only strong weapon we have to prevent this infection, those who have not yet vaccinated should get it as soon as possible. With proper precautions and promotion of vaccination, the third wave of corona and variants like Delta Plus can be easily combated.
Note: This article has been prepared on the suggestions of Dr. Anurag Agarwal, Director, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR). Dr. Anurag has told these things in a conversation with the English newspaper The Hindu.
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