A new Omicron variant that has caused multiple infections in Shaoguan, South China, has been identified as the Covid subvariant BA.5.1.7. & BF.7.
What We Know So Far?
The latest flare-up in the city has two major transmission chains respectively caused by Omicron variants BA.5.1.7 and BF.7, both of which are highly infectious with fast spreading speed.
The sub-variant BA.5 had dominated Covid cases in the US, the UK and other countries. BF7 is a mutant of BA5 variant.
The Covid-19 boom in China has resulted in hospitals and mortuaries being overrun by millions of people. As a precautionary move, Chinese authorities are going door to door, paying visit to those over the age of 60 to be immunized against COVID-19.
Situation In India
According to a report by PTI, four cases of BF.7 have been detected in India so far. In October of this year, the Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre discovered the first case of BF.7 in India.
As per Health Minister there is no overall increase in Covid-19 cases currently, continued surveillance is necessary to keep track of existing and emerging variants.
India has significantly increased coronavirus monitoring measures, including mock drills being held across a number of health facilities in several states and Union territories to ensure their readiness to deal with any eventuality related to the novel virus, in response to a Centre advisory.
What Symptoms Does BF.7 Lead To?
Infection with BF.7 may result in symptoms similar to other Omicron like:
- Sore Throat
- Runny Nose
Those with weaker immune systems might suffer from severe illness when infected with BF.7.
Research And Study Is Ongoing Regarding Symptoms, Severity And Transmissibility.
The Global View
BF.7 was classified as one of the most worrying variants by the UK Health Security Agency. As of October 4, 9,809 BF.7 sequences were identified. The global transmission is limited currently.
What Precautions Are Required?
- Staying up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
- Getting tested for COVID-19 if needed
- Wearing masks or respirators
- Maintaining a safe distance
- Maintaining hand hygiene and sanitation
- Following guidelines stated by the government
What If I have Covid-19?
If you think you might have COVID-19, it is important to take steps to protect yourself and others from possible infection. Here are some things you can do:
Stay home: If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who has the virus, it is important to stay home and self-isolate to prevent the spread of the virus.
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Seek medical attention: If you are experiencing severe symptoms or are at high risk for complications from COVID-19, it is important to seek medical attention. Call your healthcare provider or local public health department for guidance on whether you should be tested for the virus and what steps to take next.
Take care of yourself: Get plenty of rest, stay hydrated, and take over-the-counter medications to manage your symptoms as recommended by your doctor.
Follow recommended precautions: Follow recommended precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, such as wearing a mask, washing your hands frequently, and practicing physical distancing.
It's also important to keep in mind that the specific guidelines and recommendations for managing COVID-19 may vary depending on your location and the current situation in your area. It is important to follow the guidance of your healthcare provider and local public health authorities to ensure the best possible outcome.