New ‘super infective’ variants

In India, the positive cases of Corona is slowing down and the recovery rate is high, death rate has set back , things seem hopefully yes but some hurdles still remain like new variants – two of them are being called super infective. Here’s a case report, the lowest case count in 66 days a sharp decline in active caseload, a notable improvement in the rate of recovery and a decreasing daily death toll. Overall India is on the road to recovery but the situation remains worrying in some states like Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Odisha. Together these five states account for 65.9 percent of new cases, as they fight back they are set to face new hurdles , new variants are lurking in the shadows. Two of them are declared super infective – the first one is called “N440K” , it was first seen in Gujarat in the month of january now it’s prevalence has risen across India. According to a paper published by Academy of scientific and innovative research, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Chhattisgarh account 50% of the samples tested for this variant.

How dangerous is this variant?

The paper suggests it is 10 times more infective than the other strains spreading in India. It has the ability to enter a host more efficiently can replicate and make new virus particles faster. It could lead to severe symptoms within three to four days as compared to week for other strains. This variant is scary. The second one is even more scarier, it’s called “B.” – this one is identified by the national Institute of Virology in Pune after testing nasal and throat swabs of international passengers from the UK and Brazil. The findings raised an alarm, this variant can lead to severe symptoms like weight loss, viral replication in the respiratory tract, lung lesions and severe lung pathology or infection. Report suggests two dose Covaxin regimen can produce a good antibody response and also the report says only 0.5 percent of the viral samples tested worldwide have been detected with this variant.

It remains a potential threat for India, which is bracing for a third wave. The challenges don’t end there, India is also reporting some serious postcode with complications after black fungus, white fungus and another fungal infection is on the rise – the Pulmonary Aspergillosis, an allergic reaction caused by Aspergillus fungus. It is found long before even Covid and now it became more protruding. It is being reported in covid patients who had prolonged stay in ICUs or took steroids for treatment. This infection affects the lungs and if left untreated it may manifest into respiratory problems. As India emerges from lockdowns, we cannot afford to let our guard down.

In this critical situation, we as the citizen of India must stand with Government and take primary measures like wearing masks, maintaining social distance. Everyone should follow the rules put forth by the Government and stop spreading the virus. If you have any symptoms of Covid, then consult a doctor, quarantine yourself and stay safe.

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