New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: The second wave of COVID-19 has hit the country hard, with over three lakh cases being reported every day. The double mutation virus is way deadlier than the old one as it is constantly attacking the lungs of the patients in various cases. Even before the virus starts showing symptoms, it had already damaged the lungs up to 25 per cent. Post this, once they get themselves tested, many are being diagnosed with issues like breathing problems. In several cases, the oxygen levels of COVID-19 patients are reported below 80 within just two to three days, making them in an urgent need of oxygen. And if a patient doesn't get oxygen on time, then his or her condition can get extremely serious.

Comparing the situation with the first wave of COVID-19, on average, the SpO2 (oxygen level) of people was reported to be below 88-87, even in severe cases. But in the second wave, patients' SpO2 levels are being reported between 70-80, which can be extremely dangerous.

New and weird symptoms being reported

With the second wave hitting the country, new symptoms have come to light, which has made the COVID-19 a lot more deadly. Even doctors are struggling to figure out the reason. A while ago, two patients visited Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College Hospital with a hearing problem, when tested for COVID-19, they were reported positive. This is not the only symptom that has left the doctors perplexed, blurred eye, itching in the body, tingling in the hand, increased blood pressure can also be the COVID-19 symptoms.

No symptoms but still the reports saying 'COVID-19 positive'

The new strain's symptoms don't end here, there are some reports where patients who were not showing any symptoms still tested positive. As per a report, if the CT scan value is 35 or less then the person is COVID-19 positive. Also, if the CT scan value is below 22, the patient needs to be hospitalised immediately.

Doctors are getting infected majorly

The second wave of COVID is not sparing the healthcare workers and more than 55 of them have been tested positive in the city of Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. This includes Tata Main Hospital (TMH), Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College Hospital, Tata Motors Hospital, Mercy Hospital, Brahmanand Hospital and more. Out of them, the condition of 17 doctors is said to be very critical, and they are put on oxygen or ventilator support. It is taking relatively more time for doctors to understand the symptoms within themselves, and by the time they do, their lungs are already quite in the damaged condition.

Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal