Covid XE Variant Symptoms, Severity, Treatment, Cases so Far

Covid XE Variant

Covid XE Variant Symptoms, Severity, Treatment, Cases so Far – A case of a new COVID variant COVID 19 XE has been detected in Gujarat. Earlier this week, a patient with foreign travel history was reported to have contracted the COVID 19 XE variant in Mumbai. However, it was not confirmed by the authorities.Covid XE Variant

COVID 19 XE Variant

The new variant of COVID is a subtype of the Omicron variant. Omicron’s other variants BA1 and BA2 have mutated together to form the new COVID 19 XE variant. However, it may be more transmissible than other variants.

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Symptoms of COVID 19 XE Variant

The symptoms of the COVID 19 XE variant are similar to that of Omicron. These include:

  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Sore Throat
  • Cough and Cold
  • Headache
  • Body ache

The variant till now has not been found to be severe. However, it may be more transmissible.

WHO Update on the new variant

The World Health Organization (WHO) had said that – a new strain of the COVID Omicron variant, which was first detected in the United Kingdom (UK) is found to be more transmissible than the last strains of the virus.

WHO told that the variant was first detected in the United Kingdom (UK) on 19 January 2022.

It also added that COVID 19 XE could be the most contagious Covid variant yet found.

World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Technical Lead Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove told the world that the XE variant is what is called a ‘recombinant’, which means the variant contains the mutations found in BA.1 as well as BA.2 varieties of Omicron. Recombinant mutations emerge when any patient is infected by multiple Covid variants.

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ICMR Update on the new variant

Senior epidemiologist and Former head scientist of the Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Division at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Dr. Raman Gangakhedekar, said when a recombinant occurs, it tends to last for a lower time. “Recombinant events are chance events as two different types of viruses which are already inside the body tend to evolve a recombinant new virus,” Gangakhedekar added. He said the virus fitness does not grow by a recombinant event. It is unlikely to be stable as recombinants are infrequent events.

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