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Covid-19 JN.1 variant: These are new symptoms of the viral infection

Health authorities in the UK have identified new symptoms linked to the latest sub-variant of Covid-19, JN.1, including anxiety and sleep disorders. In the past, symptoms associated with JN.1 were mostly limited to upper respiratory tract infections such as fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, and runny nose. However, recent data from Great Britain and the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for December 2023 revealed two new symptoms: sleep problems and anxiety..

Over 10% of individuals with Covid-19 in the UK consistently reported anxiety or excess worrying since early November, as indicated by the ONS winter Covid report. The most common Covid-19 symptoms, based on the data, include runny nose (31.1%), cough (22.9%), headache (20.1%), fatigue (19.6%), muscle pain (15.8%), sore throat (13.2%), trouble sleeping (10.8%), and anxiety (10.5%). Notably, the once-common symptoms loss of taste and smell are currently reported in only 2 to 3% of UK cases. These findings coincide with a global increase in Covid-19 infections, with the WHO reporting a 52% rise in new cases over the past month.

In India, there were 573 fresh cases and two deaths in the last 24 hours, with a total of 197 cases of JN.1 reported in 11 states. The majority of JN.1 cases exhibit mild symptoms, and severity is seen in less than 10% of cases, particularly in individuals with pre-existing health conditions. The overall fatality rate is less than 2%, and deaths are infrequent, with most patients recovering at home.

According to the data, the most common Covid-19 symptoms include runny nose (31.1%), cough (22.9%), headache (20.1%), fatigue (19.6%), muscle pain (15.8%), and sore throat. (13.2%). %), sleep disorders (10.8%), and anxiety (10.5%). Remarkably, the once common symptom of loss of taste and smell now accounts for only 2-3% of cases reported in the UK. India confirmed 573 new cases and 2 deaths in the past 24 hours, with a total of 197 JN.1 cases reported across 11 states.

JN.1, a descendant of the Omicron strain, was first discovered in the United States in September and has spread to more than 40 countries. The variant derived from BA.2.86 (also known as Pyrrha) has an additional L455S mutation in the spike protein, increasing its transmissibility.


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