The Delta variant of Covid-19, which is rapidly circulating in some parts of the world, can be a serious cause of concern, if people remain unvaccinated, as compared to other existing variants.
Medical experts have urged residents to get vaccinated as the Delta variant of Covid-19 — first identified in India — has now been detected in other GCC countries.
According to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recent epidemiological update, the Delta variant has been found in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar. Except for Oman, the WHO confirmed the findings in other GCC nations through its official sources. In Oman, the WHO said the information was received from unofficial sources and will be reviewed.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has renamed the multiple different strains of Covid-19 circulating around the world to make them easier to understand. Doctors explained that the four most common variants have been categorised in line with the four letters of the Greek alphabet namely, Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta. The Delta variant is the most recently designated ‘variant of concern’, as classified by the WHO.
UAE doctors highlighted that headache is the most common symptom caused by the Delta variant, followed by sore throat, runny nose and fever.
Doctors urged people to be cautious but not to worry. “Along with the normal precautions of wearing a mask properly, social distancing, and frequent hand washing, we should avoid super spreader events, large gatherings and crowded places to reduce the transmission risk,” said Dr Saheer Sainalabdeen, respiratory medicine specialist, Medeor Hospital Dubai.
“The best way to prevent this is to take both doses of the vaccine,” Dr Sainalabdeen said.
Citing research conducted in the UK, experts said two doses of Pfizer-BioNtech and AstraZeneca vaccines were effective against the Delta variant.
Dr Prasanna Kumar, Critical Care Specialist and intensive care unit (ICU) in-charge, Medeor Hospital, Dubai, said, “The patient’s condition starts deteriorating in the second week of illness and they may even require ICU care. In the ICU, patients develop severe coughs, more than what was seen in the patients earlier.”
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