After the second wave of COVID-19 engulfed India, the health officials have expressed their concern about the Delta form of SARS-CoV-2 that was first identified in India. But the Centre said in a new statement and ensured people that the Delta variant alone cannot cause the third wave of Covid-19.
The Centre said, though the variant has been proved to be more transmissible than other variants of concern but still it is not possible to predict that this variant will cause a third wave of COVID-19 in the country on its own.
Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar, in a written response stated that the increase in cases is also depending on accessible susceptible populations, as well as a wide range of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical approaches such as vaccination.
SARS-CoV-2 is an RNA virus, meaning it is more susceptible to mutations, according to the Ministry. This focusses on those laboratory conduct genetic analysis of the circulating virus to detect such changes, which occur naturally and continually and can have serious public health consequences.
Can’t Be Speculated That Delta Variant Can Lead To Third Wave: Govt
The minister in the statement said, “Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been shown to be more transmissible than other variants of concern. However, it cannot be speculated that this variant by itself can give rise to the third wave of COVID-19 in the country since the surge in cases is also dependent on available susceptible populations, including a host of pharmaceutical and non-pharmaceutical interventions including vaccination.”
But It Still Remains A Variant Of Concern
The World Health Organization has categorized this variant as a variant of concern as it can spread more easily and time again experts have clarified that these viruses like SARS-CoV-2 tend to mutate, but some variants turn out to be more dangerous than others and Delta variant is one of these variants.
One must be beware of the symptoms of the Delta variant and be on the lookout for the signs of infections. The symptoms of the variant are similar to other variants. Common signs include stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, hearing loss, and joint pain.
The spike protein of the strain has alterations that make it simpler for it to infect human cells. That means that if someone contracts the virus, they may become more contagious and spread it more easily to others.