Dr Suresh Kumar, Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital, stated on Saturday that Omicron sub-variant BA 2.75 is the prevailing type in Delhi, having been discovered in the majority of instances.
“We did a study where we wanted to know which sub-variant is having the highest transmission. We analysed data from 90 samples in August and found that more than half of the patients were infected with BA 2.75. It is the leading cause of transmission and it spreads faster,” Dr Kumar told ANI. LNJP MD mentioned that usual symptoms are sore throat, running nose, low-grade fever, headache and body ache.
“We have also noticed viral pneumonia and low oxygen in some cases,” he added.
Dr Kumar highlighted that reinfection has also increased as BA 2.75 sub-variant can escape the immunity and can infect people who took the vaccine earlier.
“I would suggest people to take the third dose soon as due to prior vaccine, the severity of the disease can be reduced. Recovery time is usually 5-7 days,” he said.
Talking about the recent surge in COVID cases in Delhi, Kumar said, “Positivity in the national capital is around 15 percent and those who have chronic disease are getting hospitalised. Only 6 percent hospitalisation is there, the infection rate is high but hospitalisation is less if we compare with the earlier wave.”