01/7It hasn’t been long since the Coronavirus cases in India started to fall after several people died. Researchers have issued a warning about a new strain of the virus that might cause severe symptoms. In Pune, the National Institute of Virology discovered the novel SARS-CoV-2 variant in genome sequencing samples gathered from international travellers from the United Kingdom and Brazil.
02/7How the new variant was detected
International travellers’ nasal and throat swabs were used to isolate the new B.18.104.22.168 variations, which tested in a Syrian hamster model compared to the B.1 variant. The study’s findings revealed that the novel variety can cause severe infection and that a drop in neutralization is significant.
03/7The new variant’s symptoms
Like the original coronavirus, this new variety affects the upper respiratory system, causing symptoms such as breathlessness, fever, cough, and dizziness. Weight loss, viral replication in the respiratory system, lung lesions, and severe lung infection are all possible side effects of the novel variety discovered in foreign travellers.
04/7What do the researchers have to say about it?
The researchers indicated that identifying the new strong coronavirus variation points to the importance of genomic surveillance and characterization of SARS-CoV-2 variations. They want to say that virus’s pathogenicity and immunological escape potential will aid with preparations.
05/7Will immunizations can protect against the new strain?
The pre-print study, published on bioRxiv, also emphasized the importance of testing the vaccination for efficacy against the new form of the infectious virus. According to an unedited manuscript from a separate NIV research, a two-dose Covaxin regimen has been proven to increase antibody and neutralizing capabilities against the variation.
06/7 COVID-19’s previous variation
The discovery of this new virus comes just a week after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that only one of the three coronavirus Delta variants previously discovered in India is now considered “of concern.” “..
The virus’s B.1.617 variety is known as a triple mutant variety because it is split into three lineages and blamed for the country’s second coronavirus outbreak. Last month, the UN’s World Health Organization designated the entire B.1.617 strain as a “variant of concern.” “VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound.
07/7 What was the difference between the Delta and Alpha variants?
The coronavirus Delta variant discovered in India is more contagious than the Alpha variant found in Kent, United Kingdom. According to one study, the Delta form is 50% more virulent than the Alpha form. According to another study, the Delta variation was responsible for 60% of infections in Delhi this year. This resulting in severe problems in infected people.
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