In this blog we try to explain to you about the Delta Variant of COVID through the following
- About the variant
- Naming of virus
- Children at higher risk
- Effectiveness of vaccines against the variant
- Swayam Care as a saviour
- General views and Conclusions
ABOUT THE VARIANT
Labelled as “Variant Of Concern” by World Health Organization, Delta variant of COVID presents the mankind with newer sets of challenges. It is extremely contagious and has spread in more than 80 countries across the globe
First detected in India which led to naming it as an “Indian Variant”. After several backlashes and objections ,WHO renamed it as “Delta variant”. Refer below for variants of COVID and their places of origin:
- B 11.7 named Alpha found in Britain.
- B. 1.351 called Beta discovered in South Africa
- Gamma variant P. 1 in Brazil.
- B. 1.617 found in India
B. 1.617.1 : KAPPA
B. 1.617.2 : DELTA
Naming of the virus (variant)
According to WHO’s Dr Keiji Fukuda, Assistant director-general for health security “Disease names really do matter to the people who are directly affected. Certain disease names provoke a backlash against members of particular religious or ethnic communities”.
Terms to be avoided:
- Geographical locations: Certain viruses like Spanish flu, Rift valley virus have been named on this criteria. On similar terms initially, the Delta variant was named as the Indian variant which was later discouraged.
- People’s names
- Industry or occupational references.
Delta variant has common symptoms like Sore throat, Runny nose, Fever and Headache.
Professor Tim Spector states that it may feel “more like a bad cold”. Delta variant makes up 91% of new cases. “For younger population contracting the variant may feel like really bad cold leading them to go outside attending social gatherings and spreading it to six more people” Professor speculated.
CHILDREN AT HIGHER RISK
Delta variant has easily infected kids regardless of their age. Kids with weak immunity and chronic illness are more prone contracting the virus. Delta variant undergoes several changes to its genetic code so it has capacity to surpass antibodies. It has already been reported that virus strain has 40% higher transmission rate compared to alpha and 50% higher transmission rate than the original virus.
EFFECTIVENESS OF VACCINES AGAINST THE VARIANT
Vaccines are far more effective if a person has taken both doses. Partial vaccination can pose threat to the overall well being of a person. Pfizer-BioNtech mRNA vaccine and the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine offer similar rates of protection. Also, India has developed its own vaccine named COVAXIN which is very much effective to all variants of COVID.
Remember readers, vaccinations have to be given atmost priority in order to save the mass uprising of the third wave primarily caused by Delta variant.
SWAYAM CARE AS A SAVIOR
Oximeters can greatly help patients who are asymptomatic. Apart from this, the usage of products like these also promotes a healthy lifestyle.
The pulse oximeter manufactured by SwayamCare is a non-invasive device for detecting the arterial oxygen saturation, pulse rate and body temperature of a human body. It is a portable device that measures your blood oxygen saturation and body temperature accurately and in real-time. Swayam Care Pulse Oximeter can be used for all ages. From infants to adults. One Oximeter for all ages.
GENERAL VIEWS AND CONCLUSIONS
Delta variant is no doubt more powerful and contagious. Countries like UK, India have been battling with all their might. But the fact that the amount of lives it takes and affects of ages cannot be ignored. So people must act judiciously and wisely. Unnecessary movement must be avoided at all costs. Masks must always be worn and social distancing must always be maintained.
Stay Home, Stay Safe.