Lambda variant: Lambda variant more deadly than Delta found in UK, increased concern

Coronavirus is constantly changing its form and every time with a new variant is increasing the difficulties of the people. Till now the most infectious variant of Corona was believed to be Delta, but now gradually the Lambda variant is also showing its dangerous form. This variant was first found in Peru, which has now spread to 30 countries including the UK. The UK Health Ministry has warned that the lambda variant of the corona virus is more dangerous than the delta strain.

Last month, the WHO also declared Lambda (C.37) as a ‘Variant of Concern’. In its weekly bulletin, the WHO said that community transmission of lambda has taken place in many countries. Because of this, the cases of COVID-19 have suddenly increased. More than 80% of new cases of this variant have been reported in Peru.

WHO says that many mutations have come in lambda due to phenotypic effect. Due to this the infection rate has increased rapidly. This variant is also neutralizing antibodies. This variant is now growing rapidly in Chile, Ecuador and Argentina of America. The WHO says that the more SARS-CoV-2 spreads, the more it will get a chance for mutation.

According to WHO, Sars-CoV-2 has changed a lot over time. Some of these changes affect the properties of the virus, such as how easily it spreads, how severe it is, and how it affects vaccines or medicines.

WHO has created a network of health experts around the world to monitor and assess the changing nature of Sars-CoV-2. Countries are informed as soon as a significant change is detected so that this variant can be prevented from spreading.

The lambda variant is fast spreading and also inhibits antibodies. However, health experts say that efforts are being made to collect more data to know this fact. A recent study in Peru also claimed that the lambda variant is easily able to avoid antibodies made from China’s CoronaVac vaccine. However, this study has yet to be reviewed.

Not only lambda, ita (B.1.525), lota (B.1.526) and kappa (B.1.617.1) are also listed as variants of interest on the WHO website. To prevent the spread of all these variants, experts are advising everyone to get the vaccine.

Professor Dr William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the US, told CNN, ‘People who do not get the vaccine are moving factories of corona variants. The more people who do not get the vaccine, the more the virus will get a chance to spread. The only way to stop any variant from spreading is the vaccine.

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