FAQ’s: All You Need to Know About the COVID-19 Second Wave

India is experiencing a fast-growing second wave of Covid-19, as cases across the country see a spike.

People all over the world have been looking for answers to questions like, is the new wave spreading faster than earlier?

Is Coronavirus second wave spreading faster?

The second wave of coronavirus infections has been spreading fast, which has caught even medical officials by surprise.

Currently, India is combating the onset of the ‘double mutant’ variant, recently discovered in the country. It is believed that the double mutant variant can surpass the immune system and be highly resistant to antibodies.

This increase in the pandemics’ intensity stresses people’s participation to control the second wave of the deadly virus.

What is the ‘double mutant’ virus?

Now termed as B.1.617, the double mutant variant refers to the merging of two mutations of a virus strain (E484Q and L452R) that go on to form a third super infectious strain. The first case of double mutation in India was discovered in the state of Maharashtra.

Is the double mutant the most common COVID variant in India?

When COVID-19 cases are on a surge and continue to rise, it is natural to feel alarmed and anxious at the same time.

As per genome sequencing data, it has been revealed that the double mutation coronavirus may be one of the most common and prevalent forms of COVID variant in India. This comes at a time when the number of COVID cases has reached new heights.

Why is the double mutant more dangerous?

Given that the double mutation carries the genetic code from two other mutations, it becomes easier to break into the human immune system and invade the organs.

Additionally, the new variants tend to alter the structure of the spike protein, doing more damage than an original COVID strain.

Why are Corona Virus cases increasing, and what are we lacking?

It is the virus variants- the new double mutant variant has been spreading vigorously. The new strains of the virus are easier to be transmitted from one individual to other than the earlier one, and social mixing of people can allow the spread of the virus faster.

Also, the symptoms are different, for which the detection of the virus is difficult.

How to flatten the curve?

The doctors shared that every country has had its set of problems to fight the virus, and it is of prime importance to stop the spread of the virus.

Measures like social distancing, sanitizing, and hand hygiene are basic things that one practices to check virus spread. There are 99 ways to do the wrong but only a handful of things to stay safe and healthy, which must be practised at all costs.

How are symptoms of new COVID-19 strains and variants different from the original coronavirus?

With newer strains in play, we are likely to see newer symptoms- fever, pain in muscles, dry and persistent cough, and loss of smell and taste.

But some may or may not experience these and have additional symptoms like- conjunctivitis, sore throat, headache, rashes, upset stomach, and discolouration of fingers and toes.

Having these symptoms in children may indicate a possible multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a potentially fatal COVID outcome.

What are the precautions needed?

Always wear a mask, maintain social distancing, sanitize/wash your hands regularly, follow a healthy lifestyle, and get vaccinated.

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