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Covid-19: A new, deadly variant is here.

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A new variant of Covid has caused a new wave of infections which is deadlier than the original one. This one is called double mutation. India has reported more than 14.5 million cases so far and more than 175,600 deaths. It has already started overwhelming the hospitals and crematoriums in the country.

 “Having two of these mutations, which have been seen in other variants around the world, are concerning,” said Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s technical leas office on Covid.

It is in the nature of the viruses to mutate as a part of their evolutionary biology. The process of mutation weakens some viruses but in other cases, through fast proliferation, it strengthens the virus.

This variant is called B.1.617 and was detected in India late last year by a scientist. The two mutations are called E484Q and L452R.

Symptoms of covid-19

Covid-19: A new, deadly variant is here.

The first wave of Covid-19 had symptoms like fever, chills, body ache, loss of smell, taste and breath. This new strain has all of these with some new symptoms which were not common with the Covid patients last year. These are loose motions, hearing impairment and pink eyes.

Vulnerability

Previously, it was seen that older people were more at risk which caused a sense of carelessness among young people. However, this time young ones are being affected by the second wave more than they did in the first wave.

In Delhi, which is one of the worst-affected places, more than 60 percent of the patients are below the age of 45. In the states such as Maharashtra and Karnataka, about 50 percent infected people are under 45 years. This time even children are being affected more than they did previously.

Covid-19: A new, deadly variant is here.

Precautionary measures

Some of the old sayings are timeless and one of them is “Prevention is better than cure” which is what we should be focusing on right now. We must follow all the safety guidelines such as wearing mask, washing hands often, maintaining distancing from others and avoiding going out unnecessarily.

Covid-19: A new, deadly variant is here.

Every single person who catches the virus can potentially infect thousands of people. Not to mention, it can include their family and friends. Therefore, it is our duty to make sure that we do everything in our reach to help prevent the spread of this novel coronavirus.

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