It’s been a while since we stepped into the new year, with hopes of recovering from one of the most challenging years of the century, thanks to COVID-19.
While 2021 brings with it a light at the end of the tunnel, in the form of vaccination, it still is a long way to win the battle.
Even though the vaccination has started and the number of cases has significantly gone down, there seems to be a new hiccup on the horizon in the form of new and various strains of COVID-19.
In this article, we will let you in on everything you need to know about the new strains and the symptoms associated with them.
What is the new strain?
The new strains of COVID-19 are a different variant of SARS-CoV-2 that has mutated over time.
Any virus, overtime gets mutated. While most mutations are not serious or threatening, a few develop into a more potent variant with the possibility to make a person sick and easily spread to others.
At the time of writing, reports of a COVID-19 strain which is unique have been reported in countries like UK, USA, Australia, India, South Africa, UAE, and many others.
While each of these strains is unique, they also differ in potency and virulence. But one thing which is common is, all these strains are extremely dangerous than the original variant. This fact makes it clear that now is definitely not the time to rejoice and let our guards down.
Do the new variants affect the efficacy of the vaccine?
There is very little evidence and study to come to conclusion on this matter. While we cannot definitively give an answer, taking a vaccine is always recommended as it will help you on some level in fighting the virus, provided, your doctor has approved you for it.
Yes, we recommend checking with a doctor before going for vaccination. This is important because a few vaccines are reportedly causing side effects and issues in elder people aged above 60 or people with comorbidities.
So, if you are wondering if the new strains will affect the efficacy of the vaccine, be aware that, the vaccine will still provide protection from the deadly vaccine to some degree.
A silver lining to this is that these vaccines can be easily modified to target the new variants.
Are vaccine makers making changes to the vaccines?
Yes, vaccine makers like Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech have already announced that they are making changes to their vaccine for better protection against the new strains.
How is the new strain different from the older one?
The newer strain differs from the older one in terms of both symptoms and virulence.
While the older variant has flu-like symptoms which include cold, cough, fever, loss of smell, and others, the newer strain includes these and other newer symptoms as well.
What are the symptoms of the new COVID-19 strain?
The symptoms of the new COVID-19 strain differ from country to country as the strains also differ, let’s look at the symptoms of the strain that is found in India. The 7 symptoms are:
- Aches and pain
- Skin rashes
- Discoloration of fingers and toes
- Sore throat
Apart from the above 7 symptoms that were commonly reported, a few reports also suggest neurological symptoms like dizziness and nausea.
While the new strain is very different from the original one in terms of virulence and symptoms, it does share one important commonality. Prevention.
That’s right, no matter how mutated COVID-19 gets, it will still be prevented in the same effective manner.
So, it is extremely important that you still maintain the same seriousness and act responsibly by following social distance, wearing masks, washing hands often, and maintaining proper hygiene.
If you notice any of the symptoms that are mentioned in this article or have queries regarding your health, you can always contact us to get in touch with an expert near you.