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Delta Plus Variant: People should be cautious and follow Covid appropriate behaviour.

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Belagavi/ Hubballi: Professor M B Nagamoti, professor of Microbiology at JN Medical College KAHER Belagavi, says it is too early to comment anything on the new Delta Plus variant of the novel Coronavirus.

Patients affected with the new variant were found in some states, including Maharashtra, Kerala and Madhya Pradesh.

It is unclear whether the variant is highly contagious or the most lethal. As of now, we can tell people to stay safe. The research on this variant is very limited and knowledge as well, said Dr Nagamoti.

He stated that the new variant can also be detected using an RT-PCR test, but it is unknown whether it causes similar or additional symptoms in patients affected by the Delta Plus variant.

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Dr Mahesh Kumar S, Professor and Head of the Microbiology department, KIMS, said that people should not panic, but they should follow Covid appropriate behaviour. To remain protected from infection, all eligible people should take the Covid vaccination at the earliest.

“People try to avoid going outside unnecessarily. Preventing the next wave is in our hands and by following Covid protocols, we can break the chain,” said Dr Mahesh Kumar.

The vaccine would definitely provide protection against the disease, whatever the mutation is. “If any outside state resident tests positive here for the infection, that patient’s samples will be sent for the genomic sequence to find out the variant in NIV Pune,” he said.

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