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July 26, 2021

The Chhattisgarh

Beyond The Region

Are you able to get contaminated with two Covid variants concurrently? Right here’s what docs say

As specialists examine Covid breakthrough circumstances, India just lately recorded its first case of an Assam physician getting contaminated with two Covid variants even after being absolutely vaccinated.
The physician was discovered to be contaminated with each the Alpha and Delta variants. Related circumstances of co-infection have been earlier discovered within the UK, Brazil and Portugal.
Co-infection with two Covid variants
Co-infection of respiratory viruses isn’t unusual, Dr Vichar Nigam, Inside Drugs – advisor doctor & diabetes specialist, Columbia Asia hospital, Pune, tells indianexpress.com. “RNA viruses comparable to influenza and Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) or Parainfluenza are recognized to result in coinfections,” he says.
Nevertheless, Dr Nigam says that for now, circumstances of co-infection with two Covid variants might be termed as “uncommon”. “Mutants of COVID-19 virus pose a bigger menace of such co-infections. Delta and Alpha are each extra transmissible.
Who’s extra in danger? “The danger of coinfection is highest amongst the immunocompromised and comorbid sufferers. Particular person immune response to the illness may pose a heightened danger for coinfection. Coinfections with respiratory virus can happen, because it tends to evolve and mutate,” provides Dr Rajesh Chawla, senior advisor, Pulmonology and Crucial Care, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi.

Can Covid vaccine assist?
Vaccination will stop mutation of viruses and emergence of recent variants, says Dr Nigam. And in case of co-infection, being vaccinated “might assist stop the severity of the illness and want for crucial care,” he explains.
“Vaccination can play an important position because it mitigates the danger of extreme outcomes and mortality that emerges by way of totally different variants of concern,” he provides.

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