What should you know about the new Coronavirus Variant – Lambda

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reportedly added another COVID strain, Lambda, to its list of COVID variants. The variant was first reported in Peru in December 2020. Apprehended as the variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, scientists and experts claim this variant to be a new threat for people. WHO has declared Lambda as the ‘variant of interest’ on June 14. At this time, there are no cases of the Lambda variant in India, but the government is keeping a close watch on the geographic landscape of this new variant.
It has been the dominant variant in Peru and other countries of South America. However, the Lambda variant has not yet been found in the Indian population but has recently been detected in the UK and other European countries.

What is a Lambda Variant?

Lambda variant, previously known by its formal scientific name C.37, was identified as the seventh and most recent “variant of interest”. Lambda has seven mutations and the mushroom-shaped extensions on the outer coat allow it to latch to our cells and penetrate on them. These mutations may make it simpler for lambda to attach to our cells, making it more difficult for antibodies to neutralise the virus.

This new Lambda variant may be more transmissible than the original strain. It has already caused outbreaks in multiple countries, and could theoretically cause more severe COVID illness. Moreover, the current treatment and vaccines might be useless as the new variant is adept to it. This variant has now spread to over a dozen countries, with a strong concentration in South America.

Is the Lambda variant more transmissible?

An increase in transmissibility does not mean that the variant is deadly. However, according to scientists, this variant does carry a number of mutations that could potentially increase the risk of transmission. It also means that the variant can evade the COVID-19 vaccines as it has enough resistance to the antibodies provided by the COVID-19 vaccines.

One of the mutations found by the scientist in the Lambda strain is referred to as T859N.
However, it is important to consider that this is merely the early stage of the mutant. Therefore, the research is mostly basic and theoretical.

As there are not enough cases and evidence to show how the Lambda variant is different from other strains, it is necessary to take precautionary measures beforehand. Furthermore, a concrete study is needed before making any suggestion or to understand the complete extent of the strain’s effect.

The Threat of Lambda Variant

According to the health studies conducted in the UK, currently, there is no evidence of the variant being more severe and dangerous than other variants. Thorough research is being conducted on the same, and we will soon get to know about its type and about the effectiveness of the current coronavirus vaccines.

What are the Symptoms of Lambda Variant?

High body Temperature – Although being a very common symptom of COVID, it is reported that the patients suffering from Lambda variant may have considerably high body temperature, which can be fatal in some cases. Such patients need to be given immediate medical treatment and in some cases hospitalization becomes necessary.
If you feel hot touching your chest or your back, measure your temperature and seek medical treatment.

Continuous Cough – The problem of continuous cough is observed in patients affected by the Lambda variant. Due to persistent cough, the chances of its transmission are very high. Therefore the patient may, at all cost, wear a mask all the time. Never cough in the open, it is necessary to cover your mouth and nose.
The patient can go through many coughing episodes within 24 hours or can face continuous coughing for more than an hour. If any such symptoms are observed, immediately seek medical treatment.

Loss of Smell and Taste – Many patients suffering from the variant are facing the problem of loss of smell or taste. Reportedly, the patient may experience a decrease in the sense of taste or smell for the duration of the disease.
Simply when you cannot taste or smell any normal things under normal conditions, seek medical treatment.

A positive COVID-19 patient will have at least one of the above-listed symptoms.

What is the Cause of Lambda Variant?

For the initials, COVID is considered to be its cause but due to very little information in the field, not much is known about the variant yet. For the time being, only COVID is being considered as the cause of the Lambda variant. If you face any of the above-listed symptoms yourself or in your family, immediately seek a doctor’s consultation.

Lambda Variant Covid treatment

Currently, generic medicines are given to COVID patients for treatment. If the patient is already vaccinated, then there are very few chances of damage. The vaccine would work against COVID but still, proper treatment is necessary in either case.

Right now all the patients are being treated on the basis of the symptoms of their disease. According to the latest information, there is no news of the death of any patient so far. The variant is not reported to be deadly, however, it is still spreading really fast.

Precautionary Measures for Lambda Variant

As per studies, there’s not much difference found in the variant in comparison to other variants. This being said, more research is needed in the context now. We would recommend our readers to follow the same safety measures – stay home, cover your face, avoid public areas, get vaccinated and always wear a mask. It is necessary to follow the government guidelines. Do not go outside the house until necessary. Don’t meet anybody, always wear a mask to prevent the spreading. Maintain at least 5 feet distance, always sanitize your hands, keep general medicines, increase the intake of vitamins, consume a healthy diet and always consult a doctor if you have any COVID symptoms.

This was all we had to inform you about the new Lambda variant of COVID-19. There are two takeaways from this article – a) The variant is not deadly but spreads really fast, b) By following the safety measures you can prevent yourself from coming into contact with the virus. Be at home, keep your family safe and immediately consult a doctor if you experience any of the above-listed symptoms.

 

About Chaudhary Hospital

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Established in 2005 by Dr. B.R. Chaudhary, Dr. Chaudhary Hospital is Udaipur’s first NABH Certified multi-specialty hospital. It is one of the top multi-specialty hospitals in the city of Udaipur. Our hospital is renowned and recognized as a premier healthcare provider in Rajasthan. Keeping in mind the ongoing crisis of the COVID Coronavirus outbreak we have a COVID Care ward with quarantine facilities along with world-class Diagnostic Services listed below:

  • NABH Certified
  • 15 years of experience in Healthcare services
  • 4 Lakh+ tests per year
  • Team of Expert Doctors and Specialists
  • Accurate Results
  • Advanced Diagnostic Labs
  • COVID Care unit

Our team of doctors and the entire staff of Chaudhary Hospital have been vaccinated with the Covishield vaccine. We are proud to have serve Udaipur with the utmost care and safety required to fight the pandemic.

How do you know if a COVID patient requires Hospitalization?

Being the hot topic of the world for quite some time now, coronavirus is not a mystery to people. In its most malignant form, COVID-19 is still a big threat to the world and especially to India. Through advertisements, social posts, public awareness campaigns, our government is trying its best to educate the country about the threats of coronaviruses and the ways to reduce them. Still, patients/or diseased people tend to leave their guards down, while facing a problem like this.

Awareness and real-time applicability are two different things. General awareness about the disease is not going to prevent the risk, necessary actions and timely guidance is important to cure coronavirus on time. Oftentimes people or families suffer from coronavirus due to their lack of hospitalization and proper oxygen supply. Considerably, people generally abstain from consulting a doctor or taking proper treatment. Other times people are not sensible enough to discover the symptoms of COVID-19 to get hospitalized for regular treatment.
In this article, we are going to discuss the symptoms of Coronavirus and how to know if the patient needs hospitalization.

What are the Symptoms of Coronavirus?

The most common symptoms of COVID -19 are:

  • Fever
  • Dry cough
  • Fatigue

Other symptoms that are less common and can affect a patient are:

  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Muscle or joint pain
  • Different types of muscle pain

Seek emergency treatment when you experience the following :

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Pain or pressure in your chest
  • Bluish lips or face
  • Inability to arouse

Why is Hospitalization Important for COVID treatment?

We are repeatedly asked to revise the mantra – Stay home, stay safe. Maintain social distance, cover your cough or sneeze with a mask or handkerchief to prevent the bacterias from spreading. Wash your hands, sanitize properly and wear a mask. These measures are basic parameters to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

But how can you tell if a common cough or sneeze or fever is something serious to get checked out?
The simplest answer is even a basic cough or sneeze can be the symptoms of coronavirus and it is highly advisable to get a COVID test and then consult a physician to prevent the threats of Coronavirus. The symptoms of coronavirus are generic and are highly negligible, but this is where your negligence leads to further issues and serious damages.

If you are experiencing any of the above-listed symptoms, it is recommended to consult a doctor before engaging in-home treatment or before taking any medicines.

The first thing that strikes when somebody in the family is found positive is – Do they need to be hospitalized?
Remember not all COVID patients need hospitalization. Generally, people experience mild symptoms which can be controlled with proper home care under a doctor’s guidance. Firstly, if anyone starts developing symptoms, they should not ignore it and get a doctor’s consultation on time.

Secondly, if the situation is out of control and cannot be dealt with at home, then in such cases the patient should be hospitalized on time. The patients themselves along with the family need to keep calm and should make rationally sensible decisions in such cases. Now let’s address the question of when they need to be hospitalized.

A patient should be hospitalized under following situations:

Blood oxygen level – Oxygen Saturation refers to the level of oxygen present in your blood. The oxygen level in your blood determines the functionality of the cells in your body. This oxygen is transmitted to different parts of the body through blood, which helps in the functioning of several body parts. Your SpO2 level should always be above 95%. If it is less than the appropriate level, then your body is in deficit.
If the COVID-19 patients SpO2 drops below 93%, then they require urgent medical care under a proper doctor’s surveillance or guidance.

Continuous High fever – Fever is not a requisite symptom of COVID. But a fever indicates that your body is fighting against disease. Certain times a fever is accompanied by an infection, which is definitely not a good circumstance for a COVID patient.
If your body reaches 101 Fahrenheit and does not become moderate for 5 straight days, in such cases hospitalization becomes important.

Breathlessness – Generally the shortness of breath occurs after the initial stage of COVID. It is followed by mild symptoms such as :

  • Low-grade fever
  • Fatigue
  • Body aches

Breathlessness is not something that can be taken care of at home, certain exercises or yoga activities might help. But hospitalization is important in such cases.

Discolouration in the body part (blue colour) – The normal colour or shade of the hands and toe is red. If it starts to fade or if you find blue colour in the region like – hands, lips, face and toe, immediate medical attention is needed. And hence, in such cases hospitalization becomes important.

Extreme weakness – Generally Extreme weakness is the result of COVID. But in some cases when the body falls low on stamina and immunity, the body starts consuming the remaining energy to fight against the disease. It is better to gear up the situation by taking medication under the doctor’s guidance. Mere negligence at any step can result in severe loss.

If the patient is above 60 years of age – For a senior citizen, home treatment is generally not recommended. Anybody above the age of 60 has less immunity in comparison to those below this age group. It is advisable to consult a doctor as soon as COVID symptoms are discovered.

Immediate hospitalization is not necessary if the patient experiences mild symptoms. Gradually when treatment is ignored and not taken properly then the situation can worsen and the patient would have to be admitted immediately.

In the case of a senior citizen, call a family doctor with a good knowledge of the patient’s medical history. A patient’s medical history should be taken into consideration in the initial stage of COVID.

What have we learnt?

COVID is a serious problem but can be managed if a sensible decision is made on time. The symptoms of COVID at early stages are very common and people often confuse these symptoms as COVID and rush to the hospitals. Rushing to the hospital without any certainty of the disease is not going to result in your favour.
Rushing every COVID patient to the hospital even when the person does not require it, is not going to result in your favour. Immediate hospitalization can also deprive an ill person of the emergency care that they need. It is better to consult your doctor first and then deal accordingly.

 

About Chaudhary Hospital

hospital in udaipur

Established in 2005, Chaudhary Hospital in Udaipur is the city’s premier Multispecialty hospital situated in the center of the city. Our Hospital is

  • NABH Certified
  • 15 years of experience in Healthcare services
  • 4 Lakh+ tests per year
  • Team of Expert Doctors and Specialists
  • Accurate Results
  • Advanced Diagnostic Labs
  • COVID Care unit

Our team of doctors and the entire staff of Chaudhary Hospital have been vaccinated with the Covishield vaccine. We are proud to have serve Udaipur with the utmost care and safety required to fight the pandemic.

कोरोना से ठीक होने के बाद रखी जाने वाली सावधानियां

कोरोना वायरस, उसके लक्षणों व प्रभावों से तो करीब इन दो वर्षों में हम सभी भलीभांति वाकिफ हो चुके हैं। लेकिन अब हमें य​ह जानना ज्यादा जरूरी है ​कि कोरोना से ठीक होने के बाद क्या सावधानियां रखी जानी चाहिए। क्योंकि कोरोना के चलते हमारा शरीर कमजोर पड़ जाता है, जिससे हमें लम्बे समय तक सावधानियां बरतने व आराम करने की आवश्यकता पड़ती है। विशेषज्ञ भी यही सलाह देते हैं कि कोरोना से ठीक होने के बाद व्यक्ति को पौष्टिक गुणों से भरपूर संतुलित आहार, हल्का योगाभ्यास, आराम जरूर करना चाहिए। क्योंकि कोविड 19 एक जटिल बीमारी है और उससे शरीर में आई कमजोरी को दूर होने में समय लगता है।

आज हम आपको कुछ ऐसे जरूरी उपायों के बारे में बताने जा रहे हैं जिन्हें अपनाकर कोविड-19 से ठीक हुआ व्यक्ति जल्दी रिकवर हो सकता है।

कोविड-19 से ठीक होने के बाद क्या सावधानियां रखनी चाहिए?

  • प्रतिदिन 8 घंटे की पर्याप्त नींद लें।
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  • कठिन व ज्यादा मेहनत वाली कसरत नहीं करें। हल्का योगाभ्यास करें, ध्यान लगाएं। सांसों से जुड़े योग लाभदायक है।
  • प्रतिदिन 8 से 10 गिलास पानी जरूर पीएं। गुनगुना पानी फायदेमंद है लेकिन इसे दो बार से ज्यादा न पीएं।
  • अगर सूखी खांसी रहती है तो गुनगुने पानी में नमक डालकर गरारें करें।

कोविड-19 से ठीक होने के बाद क्या खाएं?

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  • एक बार में ही ज्यादा भोजन न करें बल्कि थोड़ा थोड़ा दो तीन बार खाएं ताकि पचने में आसानी हो।
  • हल्का या ऐसा भोजन करें जो आसानी से पच सके। जैसे दाल का सूप, खिचड़ी, दलिया, चावल आदि।
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  • विटामीन सी युक्त फलों का सेवन करें।
  • ज्यादा शुगरयुक्त, तला हुआ, प्रोसेस्ड फूड, ज्यादा वसा वाले उत्पाद, शराब, धूम्रपान का सेवन नहीं करें।
  • खाने में नमक का कम उपयोग करें।
  • सप्ताह में दो बार सहजन मोरिंगा की पत्तियों का सूप पिएं।

कोविड-19 से ठीक होने के बाद कैसे करें सेहत की जांच

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  • शरीर में दर्द, बुखार, ज्यादा कमजोरी, घबराहट, ब्लड प्रेशर व शुगर लेवल कम ज्यादा होने, सांस फूलने, सीने में दर्द जैसी​ शिकायतों – पर डॉक्टर की सलाह लें।
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  • कोरोना से ठीक होने के तीन माह बाद ही वैक्सीन लगवाएं।
  • नकारात्मक खबरों, वातावरण से दूर रहें।

ब्लैक फंगस के लक्षणों पर भी दें ध्यान

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कोरोना से ठीक होने के बाद ब्लैक फंगस के लक्षणों पर भी ध्यान देना जरूरी है। क्योंंकि कईं मामलों में कोरोनो से ठीक हुए लोगों में ब्लैक फंगस के लक्षण देखे गए हैं।

  • आंखों का लाल होना, सूजन आना, खुल न पाना व कम दिखाई देना।
  • आंख या नाक के आसपास दर्द होना।
  • नाक बंद होना व नाक, कान से बदबूदार पानी या खून आना।
  • चेहरे पर सूजन, दर्द या सुन्नपन रहना।
  • दांतों में दर्द, बुखार, सरदर्द, खांसी।
  • सांस लेने में तकलीफ।
  • उल्टी के साथ खून आना आदि।

यह थी कुछ ऐसी सावधानियां जो कोरोना से ठीक हुए व्यक्ति के लिए बेहद जरूरी हैं। अच्छा खानपान, दिनचर्या में सकारात्मक बदलाव कोरोना से ठीक हुए व्यक्ति की शरीरिक कमजोरी को दूर करने में सहायक है।

इसके अलावा भी अगर व्यक्ति ऐसे लक्षण महूसस करता है जो किसी बीमारी की ओर संकेत कर रहे हैं तो चिकित्सकीय सलाह बेहद जरूरी है। ऐसे में उदयपुर में कुछ ऐसे अस्पताल हैं जिन्होंंने कोरोना के समय रोगियों के बेहतर इलाज में महती भूमिका निभाई है।

उदयपुर (राजस्थान ) के हिरण मगरी सेक्टर 4 एरिया में स्थित चौधरी हॉस्पिटल शहर का प्रमुख मल्टीस्पेशलिटी अस्पताल है। 2005 में स्थापित डॉ.चौधरी हॉस्पिटल में संभाग भर से हज़ारों मरीज इलाज के लिए आते हैं एवं ठीक होकर घर जाते हैं। चौधरी हॉस्पिटल में उचित दरों में इलाज व जांच सुविधा उपलब्ध है। उदयपुर का डॉ.चौधरी हॉस्पिटल क्षेत्र के प्रमुख अस्पतालों में से एक है, जहां कोरोना रोगियों की उचित देखभाल व परस्पर उपचार किया जा रहा है। कोविड 19 की पहली से लेकर अब तक डॉ.चौधरी हॉस्पिटल का रिकॉर्ड कोरोना के इलाज में अन्य बीमारियों की तरह अच्छा साबित हुआ है। ऐसे में आप कोरोना के इलाज के लिए चौधरी हॉस्पिटल का चुनाव कर सकते हैं।

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