It’s been more than a year since the deadly coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc not only in our country but worldwide. India is currently witnessing a second wave, which is even deadlier than the first one. Even after several efforts to contain the spread, the virus is currently spreading like wildfire. Last week, India surpassed Brazil and became the second-worst Covid-hit country, just after the United States. In the second wave of coronavirus, patients complain of new Covid-19 symptoms.
While we all know the most common symptoms of Covid-19 are dry cough, fever, breathlessness, loss of taste, and smell. So, if you experience any of these symptoms, immediately self-isolate yourself and seek medical health.
New Covid-19 symptoms
According to medical experts, the second wave of coronavirus, along with the new Covid strain, brought some newer symptoms too. Some newer symptoms are found in patients like fever, pain in muscles, dry and persistent cough, and loss of smell and taste. In addition to conjunctivitis, sore throat, headache, rashes, upset stomach, and discolouration of fingers and toes.
Reasons for this sudden Covid-19 spike
There can be several reasons for this sudden spike. But some media reports quoting AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria have cited two reasons behind the galloping infection rate. First, lack of adherence to COVID protocol by people in general and the second is the circulation of highly infectious strains of SARS-COV-2.
India Covid-19 tally
A record single-day rise of 2,61,500 coronavirus infections has taken India’s total tally of cases to 1,47,88,109, while active cases have surpassed the 18-lakh mark. With a record 1,501 new fatalities, the death toll increased to 1,77,150, the Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am showed.
The active cases stand at 18,01,316, comprising 12.18 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 86.62 per cent, the ministry said.
Amid rising COVID-19 cases across the country, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has assured that “all possible support is being extended to states to fight Covid by taking steps to – double Remdesivir production and supply, ensure uninterrupted supply of oxygen, continuously supply COVID-19 vaccines.”