Doctors in India fear that the dangerous new COVID-19 variant in the country is linked to a host of troubling new symptoms – including gangrene from blood clots, hearing impairment and severe gastric upsets.
Six doctors treating patients across India have all told Bloomberg News they have experienced a wide variety of conditions, including stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, hearing loss and joint pain in patients with the so-called Delta variant, or B1.617.2.
Dr. Ganesh Manudhane, a Mumbai cardiologist who has treated eight patients at the Seven Hills Hospital, said some of his patients have developed micro thrombi — or small blood clots.
The clots have even been so severe in some cases that they led affected tissue to die and develop gangrene, he told the outlet.
Two required amputations of fingers or a foot, according to the report.
A team of doctors work at a temporarily converted isolation ward for COVID-19 patients, in New Delhi, India.Sonu Mehta/Hindustan