Wednesday, August 23, 2023 at 1:44 pm
A few weeks ago, the World Health Organization had warned that, as of early August, a new variant of covid-19 had been detected in more than 50 countries, although it was no more serious than previous variants. However, worldwide its prevalence increased from 7.6% to 17.4% within one month. As a result, the World Health Organization has now listed this variant as an “interesting” variant. But how do I identify this variant? What are your symptoms?
Well, as Andrew Pekosz, a professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology at Johns Hopkins University, warned in an interview, the symptoms of EG.5 appear to be similar to those of other variants. These symptoms include fever, sore throat, cough and fatigue, as well as runny nose, headache or muscle pain. It can easily be mistaken for a common illness because it looks like a cold, flu, or pneumonia.
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Compared to its parental subvariants XBB.1.9.2 and XBB.1.5, EG.5 carries an additional F456L mutation in the spike protein. In the EG.5 lineage, the EG.5.1 subvariant has an additional Q52H mutation in the spike, representing 88% of the sequences available for EG.5 and its descendant lineages.
“It may lead to an increase in the incidence of cases and its dominance in some countries or even the world,” the World Health Organization declared. However, the World Health Organization has clarified that EG.5 did not lead to a change in disease severity and that although countries such as Japan and South Korea have seen an increase in hospitalizations due to Covid-19, it is not related to this new situation. Variants.