How different is the XBB.1.5 sub-variant from other Covid strains, will this be the reason for the new wave?

Corona XBB variant: Cases of XBB.1.5 have also been registered in India. In the last few months, there has been an increase of 65 percent in its cases. X-BB variants are being identified in genome sequencing of infected samples.

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Covid cases in India: in many countries of the world Corona The cases are increasing. The situation is most dangerous in China. The World Health Organization has also issued an alert regarding the X-BB 1.5 variant. WHO has said that the cases of this variant are increasing rapidly in the world. This strain has been present in America for a long time. So far its cases have been reported in 29 countries. It is spreading fastest among all the sub-variants of Omicron.

Cases of XBB.1.5 have also been registered in India. In the last few months, there has been an increase of 65 percent in its cases. X-BB variants are being identified in genome sequencing of infected samples. NTAGI Chief Dr. NK Arora says that XBB.1.5 is spreading rapidly. Steps are being taken to prevent it, but there is no need to panic.

XBB.1.5 quite contagious

Meanwhile, it is also important to know what XBB.1.5 is and how it is more infectious than all other variants. In this regard, senior physician Dr. Ajay Kumar says that cases are increasing rapidly in the countries where the X-BB variant has been found so far. It has been confirmed in about 40 percent of the infected in America, but in China this variant is in very small numbers.

The old circulating variant has been replaced by XBB.1.5 in the US and UK. Because of this, this strain is spreading rapidly, but it is not that its firepower is more than other variants of Kovid. Only it is more contagious. i.e. Cases can increase rapidly with this variant, but there is no possibility of increase in cases of hospitalization or death.

Can there be danger in India too?

Epidemiologist Dr. Anshuman Kumar says that there is a need to be cautious in India. This is because mutation is happening in the virus. This is the reason that new sub-variants of Omicron are coming. The X-BB-1.5 is an upgraded version of the older X-BB sub variant. Whose cases are increasing worldwide, although there is no possibility of more danger in India. There are many sub-variants of Omicron available since last one year, but still people should be alert.

get a booster dose

Dr. Kumar says that people should get a booster dose of corona. Especially the elderly and people suffering from chronic diseases need to take special care of this. Severe symptoms of the virus can be prevented by getting vaccinated.

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