How potential is Lambda variant? Is it really dangerous?

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How potential is Lambda Variant?

Hey guys! Today let’s get updated with the news that is hovering all over the world “Lambda Variant”. We have written all the necessary information you need to know, dive in to understand more.

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Overview:

The prior was Corona virus, then arose its variants delta and delta plus which are adding on cases to their list. As across the world, COVID-19 variants are striving to increase the infection, here arises another mutant, LAMBDA variant which seems to be a new warning. Recently it was declared by WHO(World Health Organization) that this variant is a variant that needs concern and be careful about, they also designated Lambda variant as the seventh and newest one on June 14. WHO also mentioned that Lambda has been analogous with considerable rates of community transmission in multiple countries, with surging frequency in accord with rising rate of COVID-19.

Purpose behind research’s worry:

It was reported that this variant arose from and was first detected in Peru on Dec 2020, a country with the leading death rate in the whole world. Among international travelers in the UK, 6 cases of lambda strain are already detected till date.
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said that approximately 82% of reported corona cases in Peru during last two months were accounted by Lambda.
As in the past four weeks it was discovered in more than 30 countries, UK Health Ministry said that this Lambda variant is highly hazardous than the prior COVID-19 strains.

Recently in Chile, it is the dominant strain and in few South American countries including Argentina the lambda strain is highly concreted.
By Public Health England, it is recognized to either have an ability to shoot up transmissibility or possibly able to battle against the neutralizing antibodies.
However, these reasons are making the researchers to worry more as it is said to be infectious than delta strain and they are not aware how huge problem lambda is gonna be

Lambda- a unique variant?

Officially there are eleven variants of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) as catalogued by the WHO. These variants differ by mutated spike proteins (helps to invade human cells). Among all the mutations, many are harmless while few are not. These hazardous strains include alpha, beta, gamma and delta with tendency of mortality surge, elevated transmissibility or invade the vaccinated people. They are called “variants of concern” while the harmless strains are called “variants of interest”.

Resistance against vaccine: 

The World Health Organization bulletin stated that Lambda carries a number of mutations with suspected phenotypic implications, such as a potential increased transmissibility or possible increased resistance to neutralizing antibodies. This is just the suspected characteristic of the variant while there is more to be researched about lambda as it is a new strain.
A potent study is needed to analyze and comprehend the nature of this mutant on countermeasures as only finite documentation of the strain’s impact with accordance to genetic characteristics is available. Robust studies are necessary to certify the vaccines effectiveness; this would help to discover a way to restrict the spread.
It is presently touring around in the United States, neighboring Chile,Germany, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Mexico, Israel, Spain and other 22 countries.

Conclusion:

As we see that SARS-CoV-2 is doing its own job of mutating, replicating and reproducing; we need to do our role of being cautious and following the safety measures. The only way is continuing to maintain social distancing, wear masks considering all of these as routes to be safe and not as rules.

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Rini Esther
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Rini Esther
Hey all! This is Rini Esther and is a medico. I'm here to share knowledge that might help you and your loved ones to have a healthy lifestyle. I'll try my best to give reliable, genuine, and understandable content. Excited to serve you in this unique way!