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BREAKING: Juno variant emerges as leading cause of new covid case in the US

Juno variant emerges as leading cause of new covid case in the US

United States: Recently, as per the latest data, the JN.1 variant, more commonly known as Juno, which surfaced in the US in September, is now responsible for most new cases in England.

According to the report by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Juno was responsible for 62 percent of the Covid samples sequenced in the final week of 2023.

Know about the Juno variant!

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the JN.1 variant was first detected in August last year in Luxembourg and France and has spread to 41 countries so far.

As per the reports by Cosmopolitan, a descendent of the Omicron, Juno is similarly infectious.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is now the most widely circulating variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the world.

Ian Budd, a pharmacist explained, “The main difference between Juno and other strains of Covid is that it has an extra protein spike, which may make it more infectious than other strains,” Cosmopolitan reported.

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A report by the UKHSA showed JN.1 is thought to be behind the rise of weekly admissions to hospitals in the UK and there was a 7 percent rise of people admitted to hospitals, in the seven days running up to 5 January with 3,984 people admitted compared to 3,731 the week before.

Vaccination availability: Experts

WHO said the Juno variant is relatively low risk to public health, particularly in countries such as the UK where vaccine uptake is high.

However, in the US, where reports by the CDC show a sad picture as there is still a low uptake for the updated COVID vaccine.

According to a report by Cosmopolitan, Budd said, “While vaccines cannot keep you from catching any strain of Covid, they can help to reduce your symptoms and your chances of becoming severely unwell. With that in mind, we’d still recommend that patients who are eligible for seasonal vaccinations keep them up to date.”

Stats from NHS England, released in December last year, reported a total of 11,404,669 Covid booster jabs had been issued – with 61.5 percent of people over 65 (who are typically considered more vulnerable to severe infection) having received a vaccine.

According to the CDC, “The longer-term effects of COVID-19, such as Long COVID, remain important public health threats, especially for people who are at higher risk of severe illness,” Cosmopolitan reported.

Know the symptoms associated with new Covid variant

Budd explained, “The JN-1 variant of Covid-19 is thought to be similar to other strains in terms of symptoms,” and added further, “So there’s nothing unexpected that patients should look out for.”

The NHS UK website explained them as fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhoea.

According to Cosmopolitan, in case of experiencing any of the above symptoms, it’s best to take a Covid test to check whether it is coronavirus, and not a cold or flu.

The CDC’s latest report said, “COVID-19 infections are now causing severe disease less frequently than earlier in the pandemic.”

It added further, “The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is 22 percent lower than observed the year before, and the percent of total deaths associated with COVID-19 are 38 percent lower.”

The report explained that “Over 97 percent of people have natural or vaccine-induced antibodies against the virus that causes COVID-19,” and “This immune protection can fade over time but tends to last longer for preventing severe disease than for preventing infections,” Cosmopolitan reported.

How to stay safe from infection?

The CDC guidelines urged people who are experiencing Covid-like symptoms to regularly test, book themselves in for a booster vaccine, and try and improve their air quality, like mere opening the window is effective as well.

Other precautionary actions including- Mask-wearing, washing your hands regularly, and social distancing are also important when it comes to protecting themselves and others, Cosmopolitan reported.

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