May 24, 2024
Covid Variant BA.2.86

When people are taking a “sigh”, a new variant has shown its power. People are still dying in the hospital because of covid. Still, in many countries, there are no signs of protection from the virus.

People are already walking without masks, shaking hands with each other, touching everything, and eating as well.

Covid cases are rising in the U.S., experts say, “no need to panic”. They have taken all the precautions and are restarting ahead of winter.

Jodie Guest, a professor of epidemiology at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta has shared, “The wastewater samples are showing that the new covid variant is rising”

In England, the NHS is already giving booster shots to older people who are living in care homes. Already 34 cases have been confirmed in the UK of the new variant BA.2.86 spreading and hospitalizing.

Still, it is too early to confirm whether the new variant is more dangerous than the past.

The new variant is highly mutated, although there are no death reports yet.

New Covid Dashboard shows that on September 2, 2023, there were a total of 11,903 cases of Covid hospitalization. The testing method is changing, people are ordering more “at-home test kits”, and many of them are also coming back positive.

The CDC data shows the weekly ED visits in U.S. hospitals have increased by 2.3%, whereas in July it was 0.5%. Experts are monitoring 171 wastewater treatment sites in 34 states.

Marlene Wolfe, an assistant professor of environmental health at Emory University and program director for WastewaterSCAN says, “We are in a period of higher levels of SARS-CoV-2 in wastewater right now, and that’s associated with an increase in the number of cases in the community”.

BA.2.86 Is an Omicron Spin Off-says Experts

The BA.2.86 is spreading globally with people who are traveling, as the new SARS-CoV-2 surveillance has stated. Most cases of the new variant are coming from the US and the UK.

Fortunately, the SARS-CoV-2 update shows the old medicine used to treat COVID-19 will be effective on the new variant. The new variant may behave differently than the previous one, but the medicine will be just as effective.

Already, experts are working with international partners to collect enough evidence to make a confident assessment. “It is clear that there is some degree of widespread community transmission, both in the UK and globally, and we are working to ascertain the full extent of this.” Says Dr. Ranu Bindra.

So if you are feeling ill, or have a cold, make sure to take an “at-home test” of COVID-19.

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