COVID-19, Genetic Mutations, And 2nd Waves

Nikitha Srinivasan

In India, there are roughly 25,000,000 instances of Covid-19, with 290,000 deaths as a result of the virus. Only 3% of India’s population has got all of their vaccinations, whereas 9.2% have got at least one dose. Because India produces 60% of the world’s covid-19 vaccinations, having them struggle to be vaccinated is alarming. India has difficulty exporting vaccinations to foreign countries while still vaccinating its own residents. 

Harsha Vardhan, India’s Health Minister, claimed in March 2021 that the country was nearing the end of the pandemic and was becoming safer. Major gatherings, parties, and even large election rallies were held without masks or social separation. The unexpected rise of cases in India resulted in a scarcity of beds, medications, ventilators, and other resources needed to treat patients. As the daily mortality rate rises, hospitals are forced to mass cremate all of the bodies (rather than returning them to their families). 

A plethora of COVID-18 variations have also been discovered all around the world. In India, a new mutation known as B.1.617. has been discovered. Some scientists say that the variant found in India is 50% more contagious than the original virus. Because of two mutations on the virus’s spike, it’s known as a double mutant. Scientists have discovered that it is more transferrable and difficult to combat. This makes the India mutation significantly more lethal, even for people who have received both vaccination doses. 

While the initial wave primarily impacted the elderly, the mutation is now affecting everyone, with the younger generation being particularly afflicted. Despite the fact that several nations across the world are providing ventilators and other medical supplies to India, India still faces a shortage. 

As a result of the mutation’s impact on India, several of India’s neighbors have closed their borders. Even though the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has said that it is alright to remove your mask after both vaccination doses, it is still suggested that you use your mask in both small and large environments. With that in mind, we should always be prepared and cautious because we don’t know what will happen in the future, whether we reopen everything and everything goes well or if there is a third wave.

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