WHO Warns About The New Covid Variant XE
When the world felt it was time to move on from Covid, the deadly virus may have something else in store for humanity. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), a Covid mutation dubbed XE has been discovered in the United Kingdom and the WHO believes it may be more transmissible than any other Covid strain thus far.
What Is The New Variant Covid XE?
A novel Covid-19 type has prompted a warning from the World Health Organization (WHO). The most recent variation seems to be a hybrid of two prior Omicron subvariant variants, BA.1 and BA.2.
The XD strain was first discovered in December 2021 and has since been predominantly spotted in France, Denmark, and Belgium. So yet, the XF mutant has only troubled those in the United Kingdom. XE, which is more worrying, has had at least 637 cases in the United Kingdom thus far.
It is a recombinant coronavirus strain that continues to be a source of concern. According to the WHO, the XE recombinant was first found on January 19 in the United Kingdom. Since then, less than 600 sequences have gotten reported and verified.
WHO also said that three hybrid or recombinant Covid strains have gotten identified so far. The first being XD, the second being XF, and the third being XE. The first and second variations are a cross between Delta and Omicron, whereas the third is an Omicron subvariant hybrid strain.
This new variety is a mutant hybrid of the two prior Omicron variants, BA.1 and BA.2, that spread over the world when it first became a problem. As per an early study, XE may be the fastest-spreading strain ever. But further research is necessary to confirm the strain’s actual contagiousness.
According to preliminary research, the XE strain has a 9.8% growth rate advantage over the BA.2 variation.
XE causes symptoms including sore throat, runny nose, and sneezing. This is different than the first strain of the corona virus as the original one caused fever, coughing, and a loss of taste or smell.
Precautions To Take To Protect Yourself From Covid XE Strain
- Keep a safe distance from others to curb the spread of the virus, even if they don’t appear to be unwell.
- Get immunized when it’s your turn. Vaccination is necessary in accordance with local guidelines.
- Stay home if you’re unwell.
The Final Words
After defeating the Omicron and Delta variants of Covid-19, we must now prepare for another Covid-19 type.
WHO warns about the new covid variant XE that is rapidly spreading across the globe. But there’s no need to panic. You can protect yourself from contracting this deadly virus by staying safe indoors as much as possible. And follow all the necessary covid protocols.
Don’t forget to share this with your loved ones. Let’s stop the cases from multiplying for a safer tomorrow.
According to Sources: livemint.com
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