The Delta Plus Variant has three characteristic features namely increased transmissibility, stronger binding to receptors of lung cells, and potential reduction in monoclonal antibody response.While the new COVID variant is more transmissible and spreads faster than the previous variants, maintaining social distance, double masking, practicing hygienic practices like washing of hands regularly or sanitizing it is of utmost importance.
Additionally, vaccination is the only way to gain some immunity against the virus.
Considering that the vaccines were originally developed in respect to the original COVID strain as the Alpha variant, The Delta variant and the emerging new variants have the ability to surpass antibodies released by the vaccines.
As of now, India is one of the nine countries where the Delta Plus variant has been detected. Reportedly, the variant has been detected in the US, UK, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Nepal, China and Russia.
(With Times of India inputs)