The hidden truth about the new COVID variants and how to protect yourself against them

Umesh is a software developer who, due to the nature of his job, spends most of his time in front of his computer. However, he makes sure to stay active and diligently takes time out of his schedule to work out at the gym.

He had received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. However, he was still afraid of contracting COVID because of the new corona variants. His fear turned to alarm when he began to feel tired, and this tiredness and lethargy did not go away even after a week. In fact, he also began to experience severe headaches and body aches and also showed signs of an increase in body temperature.

After showing suspected COVID symptoms, he underwent an RT-PCR test to detect COVID. To his dismay, he discovered that he was infected with one of the newer strains of COVID.

Fortunately for him, however, he was advised by one of his gym buddies, who had a similar experience, to enroll in the Apollo ProHealth CoRe (Covid Recovery) program after his recovery, which could be done at home and return to peak performance. come. . .

He started his ProHealth journey by completing a ‘personalized Health Risk Assessment’ (pHRA) questionnaire.

The Apollo ProHealth pHRA addresses 4 aspects of an individual’s health:

  1. Medical History – This section consists of questions about previously diagnosed illnesses or disease(s) or surgeries.
  2. Family History – This section contains all family history of diseases or conditions.
  3. Lifestyle Habits – This section contains questions about diet, exercise, use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs.
  4. Current Status – This section deals with any current symptoms or complaints, mental health, sleep and stress levels.

Once the pHRA was completed, he was recommended a personalized, comprehensive health program designed specifically for recovery from COVID known as CoRe (Covid Recovery). Through a home sample collection and a custom health risk assessment, the CoRe program assessed his current state of health. The CoRe program’s physician-led path to wellness, along with follow-ups by a health mentor, paved the way to help him recover better and increase his chances of a full recovery.

One of the main challenges for Umesh has been overcoming the disappointment of contracting the virus, despite taking precautions and injecting the first dose of vaccine.

The first thing his ProHealth doctor asked him was not to panic and help him achieve a positive state of mind. He explained to him that this particular virus affects everyone in different ways and that it was good that his symptoms were detected early.

As we delve deeper into Umesh’s recovery, let’s also understand how the latest variant of the coronavirus differs from the other types.

What is coronavirus/COVID-19?

Umesh’s health mentor explained to him that coronaviruses (CoV) are a broad family of viruses that can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV) . . .

Umesh already knew that most patients infected with the COVID-19 virus will show mild to moderate respiratory symptoms and usually recover without any special medication or therapy. He also knew that seniors over the age of 65 and those with underlying medical conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer are at greater risk. But Umesh didn’t know how certain side effects of COVID would linger in the body even after recovering from it.

Umesh’s mentor told him that if his symptoms were not properly managed, it could lead to more health complications.

What is the new variant of the Coronavirus?

The health mentor explained to Umesh that the variant that infected him was the Delta variant (Delta – B.1.617.2). This variant was first found in India. Due to its progressive mutation capabilities, this particular variant is more contagious than the previous variants. If the right measures are not taken at the right time, it can lead to more serious complications. In addition, the Delta variant has a greater chance of infecting people who have been vaccinated.

How does the coronavirus spread and how did Umesh get infected?

The virus spreads through tiny liquid particles that are expelled from an infected person’s lips or nose when they cough, sneeze, speak, or breathe.

The virus spreads among people who are close together (within a meter radius). Infections can occur when virus-containing aerosols or droplets are inhaled or come into direct contact with the eyes, nose, or mouth.

The virus can also spread in small and poorly ventilated closed spaces. This is because aerosols that remain suspended in the air can travel a distance of more than a meter.

People can potentially contract the virus by touching contaminated surfaces without washing their hands before touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

This information, provided by his mentor, helped Umesh make a good assessment of the source of his infection. Umesh realized he may have contracted the virus through his gym or office.

Important facts about the new Delta variant

  1. The Delta virus strain is more contagious than the others

Even with strict preventive measures, the speed with which the Delta variant has spread around the world is one of its distinguishing features. The first Delta case was discovered in December 2020 and the virus strain quickly became the most common variant found in India.

  • Unvaccinated people have a higher risk of dying.

People who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 are most vulnerable to developing life-threatening symptoms. Teenagers and children also run a higher risk of developing serious complaints compared to the other variants.

  • The signs and symptoms are different from the previous variants

Umesh’s health mentor told him that the symptoms are a bit different from those of the original virus. Cough and loss of smell seem to be less common and headache, sore throat, runny nose and fever are usually present.

  • The best way to avoid becoming infected with the Delta variant is to get vaccinated.

Umesh understood that to protect himself against the Delta variant of COVID-19, he needed to be fully vaccinated. Vaccinations help reprogram the body’s immune system to fight a new infection.

Apollo ProHealth helped Umesh recover from the new Covid variant and lead a healthier lifestyle

After an extensive consultation with his Apollo ProHealth doctor, Umesh joined the ProHealth CoRe (Covid Recovery). After signing up for this personalized program, Umesh was assigned a mentor who continuously monitored his progress for approximately 3 months, guiding him and providing the necessary support to improve his lifestyle.

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