New strain of COVID Omicron XBB.1.16

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25 Apr 2023

New strain of COVID Omicron XBB.1.16
      The new strain of COVID “XBB.1.16” or “Arcturus”, which is a subspecies of the Omicron strain of COVID. Found for the first time in India At the end of March 2023 and becoming the main epidemic strain instead of Covid Omicron, with spreading faster, easily infected, people who have been vaccinated and used to have COVID can be repeated.

 How is the symptom of COVID XBB. 1.16 different from the original species?

      The symptoms of Arcturus are similar to those of other previous COVID infections. The main features, apart from fever, cough, runny nose, and fatigue, are The following additional symptoms are also present:

  • Red eyes due to conjunctivitis
  • Sticky eyes booger, unable to open eyes
  • No smell, tongue, no taste
  • Extremely sore throat like a knife cut

Groups at risk for severe symptoms 

  • People aged 60 years and over
  •  People with congenital disease in the group of 7 diseases, which are:
    1. Chronic respiratory disease
    2. Cardiovascular disease
    3. Chronic kidney failure
    4. Stroke
    5. Obesity
    6. Cancer
    7. Diabetes
  • Pregnant women 12 weeks or more
  • People who are not vaccinated And never been infected with COVID before. It is a group that is at high risk of infection and developing severe symptoms.
       According to the report of the outbreak of COVID-19, the new hybrid Omikron species has not been found to have high severity and mortality like the previous strains. Especially in those who received the mRNA booster vaccine, which greatly reduced the chance of severe disease. Immunocompromised patients should receive additional booster vaccines, especially during high outbreaks.


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