This new mutant strain of the COVID-19 Delta Variant of Sars-Cov2 is known as COVID-19 Delta plus (B.1.617.2.1/(AY.1). Technically speaking, it is the successor to SARS-COV-2. This mutant was discovered in Europe for the first time in March 2021, and it was made public on June 13 of that year. It appears to have an increased transmission capacity, even though the investigation is still in progress.
How much do we know so far?
Delta Plus is formed because of mutations in the B.1.617.2 or Delta variant.
- Due to its being a new variant, it is not known how severe it is.
- The monoclonal antibody cocktail does not work for Delta Plus (AY.1).
- As part of their global science initiative, the GISAID (global science initiative) identified 63 new genomes, including the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant and K417.
- SARS-COV-2 has a mutation in its spike protein, which facilitates the virus’ entry into human cells and infection by them
- One of the emerging variants is B.1.617.2.1 or AY.1, which carries the mutation K417N.
- Public Health England (PHE) estimates Delta plus is present in about 6 genomes from India as of 7th June.
- As of this moment, India’s variant frequency is not very high. There are sequences from a variety of nations, including America, Europe, and Asia.
- In late March, this year, the earliest sequence of the genome was found.
Know its Symptoms?
Various people have reported symptoms including
- Sore throat,
- Runny nose,
Can Vaccination Prevent it?
Medical Experts are of the opinion that it is too early to predict whether existing vaccines will be effective with the new variant. It would be necessary to conduct a detailed study to determine how the mutant affects the immune system. Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary of the Union Health Ministry, has asserted that both Indian vaccines, Covishield as well as Covaxin are effective against the Delta Variant. Delta Plus is being feared to spark the next wave of Covid-19, but the likelihood of such an outbreak is very low, so it cannot be ruled out.
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