How dangerous is the mutation from India? 4

How dangerous is the mutation from India? 4

In addition to being the most contagious nCoV variant, Delta can also cause patients to have hearing loss and blood clotting, symptoms not often seen before.

The Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, has spread in more than 60 countries around the world in the past 6 months after first appearing in India.

In England and Scotland, early evidence suggests that the Delta variant puts patients at higher risk of hospitalization.

`We need more scientific research to analyze whether the new clinical manifestations of Covid-19 patients are related to the Delta variant,` said Abdul Ghafur, an infectious disease doctor at Apollo Hospital in

According to Ghafur’s observations, more Covid-19 patients have diarrhea compared to the first wave of the pandemic.

Doctor examines Covid-19 patient in intensive care room at Nightingale hospital, on the outskirts of Siliguri city, India, on June 1.

Severe stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, hearing loss and joint pain are some of the symptoms that Covid-19 patients are experiencing, according to doctors across India.

Ganesh Manudhane, a cardiologist in Mumbai, said some patients also develop microthrombosis, so severe that it destroys the affected tissue and leads to necrosis.

Manudhane has treated eight patients with thrombotic complications at Seven Hills Hospital in the past two months, including two who had to have a finger or a foot amputated.

India reported about 18.6 million nCoV infections in the first six months of this year, higher than the number of 10.3 million in all of last year.

The spike in infections may lead to an increase in the frequency of Covid-19 patients with rare complications.

`We think this may be due to the new nCoV strain,` Manudhane commented.

Doctors are also recording cases of blood clots forming in the vessels that supply blood to the intestines, leaving patients with stomach pain as their only symptom.

Hetal Marfatia, an otolaryngologist at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, said some Covid-19 patients also suffered hearing loss, swelling around the neck and severe tonsillitis.

Chetan Mundada, a pediatrician at the Yashoda hospital chain in Hyderabad, said the most alarming feature of the current outbreak in India is the rapid rate of spread, including among children.

Dr. Ghafur said he is also seeing families where all members have Covid-19 symptoms, reflecting increased levels of infection in households due to the Delta variant.

Cases of mucormycosis, a rare deadly black fungus, have also skyrocketed in India.

Even as the number of new nCoV infections in India begins to decline, the Delta variant is still raging around the world, including in places that have effectively fought the epidemic such as Taiwan, Singapore and Vietnam, promoting the fight against the epidemic.

Karl Lauterbach, a politician and scientist in Germany, said that the Delta variant may also become more common in the country in the coming months.

However, with evidence that the Delta variant can `avoid` the Covid-19 vaccine, pharmaceutical companies are under pressure to improve existing vaccines, or develop new ones.

`New vaccines must be prepared with vigilance against virus mutations. We cannot preempt viruses, but at least we can catch up with them,` Ghafur said.

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