This new COVID-19 strain was picked up in December 2020, and now it is creating a “complex” situation in Canada as per government officials. They also admit that this new variant may bring the third surge of infections in Canada. Earlier, this deadly virus was predicted not to target the young population, but now youth are more vulnerable to it, and they can spread it to millions more.
Canada has approved several rapid testing kits — which are used to detect COVID-19 antigens quickly. MediFast’s quick antigen detection kits are reliable and give results in 15 mins. It reduces the healthcare system’s strain as those with COVID-19 symptoms are only advised to undergo an RT-PCR test.
Our rapid test kit for SARS-CoV-2 antigen that uses nasal swab samples is now readily available for healthcare facilities. Our kits are less sensitive than the RT-PCR but do have high specificity. MediFast is one of the largest distributors of rapid test kits in Canada, and our kits are straightforward to use, and the result is out in 15 minutes.
Does the new Covid-19 variant affect young people more?
Although mutations in viral genetic sequences can alter the rapid test kit performance, most tests currently used in the primary detection of SARS-CoV-2 will be unaffected. It will be early to say that the new variant B.1·1.7 impacts primarily children and young people more than other age groups. Increase in admissions to hospital, more severe illness in young people are only some stats; a new COVID variant is more vulnerable for this age group. Also, this variant does result in more severe illness, and it does so among youth. Talking about the reasons behind this new variant being more vulnerable for youth, doctors propose several theories. One of these prevailing theories is that children have fewer receptors that the coronavirus binds to and infect human cells. Additionally, it could just because youth are increasingly in contact with the virus, including classrooms and sports and associated social activities before and after school and sports.
What is the effect of Vaccines on new variants of the COVID-19 virus?
The COVID-19 vaccines in the development phase or have been approved elicit a broad immune response involving a range of antibodies and cells. Therefore, new variants or mutations in the virus will not make the vaccines completely ineffective. In case it provides to be less effective against any of the new variants, it is not difficult to change the composition of the vaccines to increase its effectiveness on new variants.
Opening vaccines globally on a large scale can effectively fight with the new variants before they are exposed to the virus and its new variants. Youth and vulnerable age groups should be vaccinated everywhere. Rapid tests should be done on a large scale to identify the people with symptoms to minimize the risk of transmission