RT-PCR test not effective on new coronavirus mutant
New Delhi : RT-PCR test is the only way with which coronavirus infection can be detected in a human. To the shock, it is now failing on the new mutant as several people tested negative but were diagnosed with the symptoms.
According to a news report by Times Now, a doctor has said that the new mutant is able to escape the RT-PCR test.
Dr Souradipta Chandra, Consultant Physician at Helvetia Medical Centre in Delhi, said that there are likely double and triple mutant variants of COVID-19
“New mutant seems to be undetectable by RT-PCR test. I believe there are double and triple mutant varieties and due to change in structure, RT-PCR tests are unable to detect it. New varieties seem to cause new symptoms,” Times Now quoted Dr Chandra.
“We're seeing patients with diarrhoea, abdominal pain, rashes, conjunctivitis, confusion state, brain fog, bluish discolouration of fingers and toes, bleeding through nose and throat apart from the usual symptoms - sore throat, body ache, fever, loss of smell and taste,” the doctor added.
Meanwhile, India has reported more than 3.46 lakh new coronavirus cases in a day on Friday. More than 2200 people lost their lives to the infection in same time duration.