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Flu & fever? Check for Delta variant

Ask your doc, get RTPCR test done

Variant of concern tends to invite severe diseases, say Apollo doctors

PUNE, July 21 (The CONNECT) - The central government last month declared the Delta Plus variant of the virus causing Covid-19 as a variant of concern (VOC) in India. The country was hit by the devastating second wave of Covid-19 and has now reimposed lockdowns owing to rising fears about this new variant.

“All the people with flu like symptoms and fever should be tested for COVID19 through RTPCR and if positive should consult a physician immediately and take advice,” said Dr. Keerthi Prakash Kotla, Consultant Pathologist, Apollo Diagnostics, Pune.

“Delta Plus (B.1.617.2.1/(AY.1) is a new mutant strain of the delta variant of SARS-CoV-2, that has emerged as a new threat in India. Delta Plus has been formed owing to the Delta acquiring a mutation called K417N in the spike protein. Delta Plus variant has increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells, potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response, is highly infectious, causes more hospitalizations when compared to previous strains, and tends to invite severe diseases,” Dr Kotla said.

“Delta Plus variant is known to carry the symptoms of the delta variant and the beta variant. Cough, diarrhoea, fever, headache, skin rash, chest pain, breathing difficulties, nausea, poor appetite, and abdominal pain are some of its symptoms,” according to Dr Mukesh Budhwani, General Physician Apollo Clinic Pune.

The vaccines are effective when one is fully vaccinated. People should follow the Covid-appropriate protocol of masking, social distancing, and hand sanitizing. Steroids need to be taken at the right time and in the right dosage. Disinfect the frequently touched surfaces and avoid being around sick people. Stay home, stay safe, Dr Budhwani said.

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