JN.1 Variant (BA.18.104.22.168) emerged in late 2023 and is a descendant of the BA.2.86 lineage (Pirola) of coronavirus. That’s why it has been called COVID 2023. The new strain of Covid-19, named JN.1, has been detected on 8 December in Karakulam, Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala in India.
It evolved from variant BA.2.86, a descendant of omicron, the variant of the coronavirus that wreaked havoc in early 2022. BA.2.86 did not spread widely, but it worried experts because it had dozens of mutations on its spike protein. This variant, which is a descendant of Pirola, has now been identified in the US, China, and India.The World Health Organisation has classified the JN.1 strain as a “variant of interest.” However, WHO has also mentioned that the global public health risk posed by JN.1 is low.
JN.1 Covid variant: 21 cases found in India, highest detected in THIS state
• A 41-year-old has tested positive for new Covid-19 sub-variant JN.1 in Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. No further details were available about the patient.
• Kerala reported 300 new active cases of Covid-19 and 3 deaths on 20th December, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
• West Bengal Health Department will continue its surveillance of influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) cases, in accordance with central guidelines.
Sign & Symptoms –
As the cases of the JN.1 strain are rising rapidly, it is crucial to understand the signs and symptoms of this new variant. Let’s take a look at the symptoms reported so far.
The doctors have also reported that most patients experience mild upper respiratory symptoms. These symptoms usually improve within four to five days.
In some cases, the new variant may also present with a loss of appetite and persistent nausea.
Loss of appetite when accompanied by other symptoms can indicate the onset of the JN.1 variant. It is also advised to seek medical consultation if these symptoms are present.
Is the new variant of COVID milder?
So far, Omicron strains have tended to be mostly mild, causing a runny nose, sore throat, bodyache, fatigue and other cold-like symptoms, as opposed to lower respiratory tract symptoms.
What causes new variants of COVID?
Variants Are Expected. Viruses constantly change through mutation and sometimes these mutations result in a new variant of the virus. Some changes and mutations allow the virus to spread more easily or make it resistant to treatments or vaccines.
What is the incubation period for COVID 2023?
For pre-Omicron variants, the median incubation period is 5 days with a range of 2–14 days after initial exposure; studies of the Omicron variant have estimated the incubation period to be 2–3 days. Age and underlying medical conditions increase a person’s risk for severe disease and death.
Do COVID tests detect new variant?
Yes, they should detect the currently circulating strains of COVID-19. The good news is that most of the changes in the virus with these new variants are in the spike protein, which is the part of the virus that binds to the cells.
What is different between COVID variants?
A strain will be labeled a variant of concern, or VOC, if, compared to other strains: It spreads faster. It causes more serious symptoms, sending more people to the hospital or causing more deaths. Vaccines and previous COVID infections don’t protect nearly as well against it.
What to eat when you have COVID?
So if you have COVID, we’ll go through the best foods to eat, according to the research.
• Strawberries. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C — and have even more vitamin C than an orange
• Sweet potatoes
How many times can you get COVID?
You can be reinfected multiple times. Reinfections are most often mild, but severe illness can occur. If you are reinfected, you can also spread the virus to others.
How long does COVID stays?
The COVID-19 recovery period depends on the severity of the illness. You can expect to recover within 10 days to two weeks with all precautions like using masks, social isolation, having good food & rest if you have mild COVID-19 symptoms. It may take months to feel better for more severe cases. Some people with severe symptoms may require hospitalization.
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