Covid Is On The Rise As WHO Alerts ‘Virus Still Changing

Covid is on the rise as WHO alerts ‘virus still changing
The new variant Covid-19 was found in Karakulam, Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala on 8 December .  know about JN.1 symptoms and prevention.After Pirola, its descendant JN.1 is in news post being detected in US, China and now India. The new strain with a single mutation in spike protein compared to Pirola or BA.2.86, was found in Karakulam, Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala on 8 December . JN. 1 isn’t very different from previous Omicron strains with high transmissibility and mild symptoms, yet preventive measures are important as vulnerable populations may always be at risk. Fever, sore throat, runny nose,gastro are among the symptoms that are being associated with this strain.
The number of active coronavirus cases in Kerala climbed to around 1,144 on Sunday, a day after the reported four suspected Covid deaths and the detection of t JN.1 sub-variant
The WHO shared a video of Dr Kerkhove explaining the causes of the recent surge.
“Dr Maria Van Kerkhove talks about the current surge in Covid-19 and JN.1 sub-variant. WHO continues to assess the situation. Follow WHO’s public health advice to keep you, your families and friends safe during this holiday season,” the global health body said.
In the video message, Kerkhove said that the recent surge in respiratory infections is due to multiple reasons, including increased gatherings during the holiday season and other infections.
Dr Kerkhove said”It’s not just Covid-19 that’s circulating; we have influenza, other viruses, and bacteria. In other parts of the world, we are entering the winter months and people are starting to gather for the holiday season. As people gather, they spend more time indoors, especially if there is poor ventilation. These pathogens that spread efficiently between people and through the air will take advantage,”.
She said the rise in Covid cases is because the virus is evolving, adding that 68 per cent of the current cases were cases of XBB sublineages and other groupings like JN.1.
Dr Kerkhove added”Covid-19 is one of the diseases that is currently on the rise, and this is again due to a number of factors; the virus SARS-Cov-2 is evolving, changing and circulating in all countries,”
“In some countries, we have these XBB sublineages and they represent around 68 per cent or so of the sequences that are shared globally. The other grouping is BA.2.86, most notably JN.1 which causes the full spectrum, everything from asymptomatic infection. All the way to severe disease and death, similar to what we have seen with other Omicron sublineages,” she said.
In her video message, she further advised people to get vaccinations and, in cases of infection, take “clinical care”.
“Protect yourself from infection using a number of tools. But, make sure that if you get infected, you get clinical care and get vaccinated when it’s your turn to prevent severe disease and death. All Covid-19 vaccines continue to provide against severe disease and death, and this includes all the circulating variants, including JN.1,” Kerkhove said.
Recently, Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has advised people to use mask in crowded places, particularly indoors, and urged travellers to adopt precautions such as mask-wearing at airports and avoiding poorly ventilated crowded areas.


“The reported symptoms include fever, sore throat,runny nose, headache, cough, and in some cases, mild gastrointestinal symptoms.


Because of its transmissibility, JN.1 can become the dominating strain of circulating COVID virus unless proactive preventive measures are not followed which are – frequent hand sanitization, usage of Triply mask and social distancing,” adds Dr Tayal.


Experts are also warning people to get booster shots apart from the social distancing measures and wearing face masks.


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