With time new variants of coronavirus keep emerging, which are leading to more deadly symptoms and outcomes. The variant Delta, also known as B.1.617.2, has spread to more than 60 countries over the past six months leading to travel restrictions in Australia to the U.S. A spike in infections caused by the delta variant has forced the U.K. to reconsider its plans for reopening later this month.
Symptoms Associated With Delta Variant
Scientists have discovered the new variant is causing hearing impairment, severe gastric upsets, and blood clots leading to gangrene. The strain is now dominant in the UK and carries a high risk of hospitalization.
Abdul Ghafur, an infectious disease physician at the Apollo Hospital in Chennai, stated, “We need more scientific research to analyze if these newer clinical presentations are linked to B.1.617 or not.“
“Last year, we thought we had learned about our new enemy, but it changed,” Ghafur said. “This virus has become so, so unpredictable.”
Atypical Symptoms Of Coronavirus
Besides fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, Stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, hearing loss, and joint pain are among the ailments Covid patients are experiencing now.
However, gangrene is linked to being associated with blood clots that block the blood vessels. Micro thrombi, or small blood clots, cause the blood vessels to block. This, in turn, restricts the blood flow to the tissues—lack of blood flow and oxygen results in the death of the tissue, known as Gangrene.
According to Ganesh Manudhane, a Mumbai cardiologist, who has treated eight patients for thrombotic complications at the Seven Hills Hospital during the past two months,
“Some patients develop microthrombi, or small blood clots, so severe that they led affected tissue to die and develop gangrene. Two required amputations of fingers or afoot.”
“I saw three-to-four cases the whole of last year, and now it’s one patient a week.“
“We suspect it could be because of the new virus variant,” he said. Manudhane is collecting data to study why some people develop the clots, and others don’t.
According to the doctors, These blood clots also led to excruciating stomach pain in some patients. The delta variant of the virus causes blood clots. However, there is no circumstantial evidence to confirm it.
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