Covid News: Does JN.1 variant require additional doses of vaccine?  What did the INSACOG chief say?

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Covid News: Does JN.1 variant require additional doses of vaccine? What did the INSACOG chief say? – Gudstory

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A new sub-variant, JN.1, is causing a surge in cases of the COVID-19 virus across the world, including India. The increase in the number of infections has prompted health authorities to examine the preparedness of the health system and issue preventive measures for people in critical age groups. Amid some concern over the new variant, Dr NK Arora, head of the India SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), has confirmed that the new variant does not require any additional doses of the vaccine.

“I would say prevention is essential for anyone who is 60 years of age or older, who is likely to have co-morbidities, and who are taking medications that suppress our immunity, such as cancer patients. If they have not taken precautions so far, then they are advised to take precautions; otherwise, no additional dose is required,” NK Arora said while speaking to news agency ANI.

More than 400 subvariants of omicron identified

The INSACOG chief claimed that they have identified more than 400 subvariants of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, but no subvariant is associated with more severe disease. “Every week you hear something new in different parts and then it spreads across India. We have identified a large number of subvariants, more than 400 subvariants or mutations of this virus, and fortunately, none of them “The Omicron variant hasn’t really been associated with more severe disease or hospitalization,” he said.

Dr. Arora also said that the symptoms of JN.1 are very similar to the Omicron variant. “The symptoms are so similar that one cannot differentiate JN.1 from other subvariants of Omicron such as fever, nasal discharge, and cough. Sometimes diarrhea and severe body aches may occur, and usually they Get well in two to five days.” The doctor told.

JN.1 is less than 1%

“Within India, in the last 8 weeks since October last week, we have seen 22 cases. There is no evidence that it is spreading very rapidly. JN.1 accounts for 1 percent of all isolates so far Recently, the number of cases has definitely increased, and testing has also increased,” he said.

“There has been no increase in the number of hospitalisations. We see a lot of cases in Kerala, but I must also say that in other states where testing has increased recently, we are seeing a higher number of cases. But there has been no increase in hospitalizations or cases of severe disease that require ventilation or result in death,” the doctor said.

On Friday, 752 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in India and 4 people died due to the virus. After the fresh cases, the total number of active cases across the country has reached 3,420. Health officials in many states are on high alert, but have assured citizens not to panic as there has been no major increase in the severity of cases so far.

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Published: Dec 23, 2023, 10:26 pm IST


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