The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country is giving us frightening numbers of deaths and the rapid spread of infection. Scientists think the cause of the virus may be the redesigned B1.617, which has double mutations.
Although detailed studies are still awaiting confirmation, a key indicator behind the new cases of this virus has been found in the genome sequences of the virus collected from Maharashtra.
The Pune-based National Institute of Virology (NIV) conducted genome sequences of 361 samples of viruses this year.
It was revealed last week that of 220 samples, this is the B1.617 form of the virus.
Apart from this, its presence has been confirmed in samples collected from 10 states including Delhi, West Bengal, Gujarat, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.
Mutations are naturally occurring changes over time. These changes help him to survive under various conditions. That is why, due to these changes, the virus takes a new form, which is often more dangerous than before. Viruses with double mutations include changes in viruses with two different mutations simultaneously. This is what happened in B 1.617.
Estimate: 60 percent affected
Early genome sequencing data and doctors’ trials indicate that this type of virus can spread and spread rapidly. It swallows the whole family quickly from an infected organ. Symptoms are also delayed.
Often, the disease is known to be very dangerous. These abstract claims have not been proven in scientific research. Experts estimate that it can be found in about 60 percent of patients. It is also found in the percentage of 360 samples of NIV.
In rare cases, children are infected with the first wave of the virus. But due to this double mutation virus, every fifth of those infected are in this age group. The worrying thing is that even an RT-PCR test in most children is not able to confirm infection.
The last time one in 100 children was infected in Haryana, today there are eight.
Several babies between the ages of eight months and 12 years are hospitalized in Delhi.
It is estimated that about 30,000 children have been infected in Karnataka.
In Surat, Gujarat, 280 10-year-olds were infected, and a 14-day-old baby died.
For the first time in India, two mutations have been found in the Coronavirus …
The variant B1.617 of the coronavirus carries two mutations, E484Q and L452R. The two mutations occurred in the same virus proteins known as spike, through which this virus picks up and thrives on cells in our bodies.
Related to England, Africa and America
E484Q mutations: This is closely related to the mutations called E484Q found in the virus that previously wreaked havoc in the UK and South Africa.
L452R: Found in California virus, US. Increases the ability to attach to the cell. This is why it spreads so quickly.