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CMAAO Coronavirus Facts And Myth Buster – Virus variants in India

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With input from Dr Monica Vasudev

  1. The second surge of COVID-19 cases in India has flooded the hospitals faster than the first surge; virus mutations mean that every patient is now infecting several more people than before.
  2. The country’s daily infections surged over 20-times to more than 200,000 on Thursday since a several-month-low in early February.
  3. India has reported nearly 950 cases of the variants first detected in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil.
  4. Even if it is a new variant, people must do the same things to control it; however, a different urgency is required to recognise that.
  5. One patient is now infecting up to 9 in 10 contacts, compared to up to four in 2020.
  6. Scientists in Britain have stated that the B.1.1.7 version of the virus, or the UK variant, is 70% more contagious than previous versions, and potentially more lethal.
  7. Punjab has reported one of the highest recent fatality rates in the country. The state reported that late last month, 81% of the 401 COVID-19 samples sent for genome sequencing were detected as the UK variant.
  8. This virus is more infectious and virulent.
  9. Comparatively more children are reporting high-grade fever compared to last year.(Reuters)

Dr KK Aggarwal

President CMAAO, HCFI and Past National President IMA

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