COVID virus adapts to survive: pandemic experts on the next phase

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Doctor or nurse is holding the Covid-19 vaccine and syringe with her blue glove.

A recent study found that most people infected with the microbe Omicron BA.2 and its progeny BA.2.38 “did not require hospitalisation”. It only caused a modest illness in those around them. “When they migrate from one person to another, they mutate for survival,” they stated when addressing whether or not the virus is becoming weaker over time. “When they travel from one person to another, they mutate for survival.” However, it is a cost they are obligated to bear.” According to the head researcher of the study who worked at B J Medical College, the BA.2 strain was the most common, while its offspring, the BA.2.38 strain, was discovered to be just as expected. The second piece of information made public by Karyekarte was that they had provided a report to the government of India and the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium in April and June of this year (Insacog).

Dr Karyekarte pointed out that the team had been given the directive to conduct a speedy investigation to ascertain how severe BA.2.38 was and that “the majority of these individuals had experienced modest symptoms. At the same time, only one person required oxygen assistance, and one was brought dead.” They did not have to be hospitalised, nor were they need to get any specialised treatments.” As a result of the fact that there were no signs or symptoms that were not connected with BA.2, one can deduce that BA.2.38 was the cause of the illness. It would suggest that vaccination was effective, as the sickness symptoms were not as severe as they could have been.

Any progeny of the virus, including BA.2, BA.2.38 and even BA.5, will keep evolving, according to Dr Vaibhav Purandare, an infectious disease specialist who spoke about the mutation of the virus. The virus, which was first discovered in bats, is always looking for new methods to thrive in the human body. Its source was bats. Despite this, it will be necessary for the strain to become significantly less effective, “Dr Purandare offered his thoughts.

However, he stressed that it is impossible to draw any conclusions about endemicity based on the findings of this study. “Regarding endemicity, everything I said was just my perspective, regardless of what I said. The severity of BA.2.38’s sickness was moderate, characterised by sporadic cases of mortality and fever; nevertheless, the study’s findings are restricted. Acute upper respiratory infection that was self-limiting and did not spread from patient to patient, and the patient was able to recover on his own.” The physician predicts that you will encounter a great deal of variety in the years to come. According to him, the COVID-19 illness will spread worldwide and eventually supplant existing contagious diseases like the swine flu and influenza.

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