Covid-19 Sub-Variant BF.7 Detected In India, Check virus details and the present covid situation in India

Covid-19 Sub-Variant BF.7: Following the detection of the BF.7 variant in India, a new COVID-19 advisory has been issued by the Central Government. On Wednesday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya chaired a high-level meeting to review the Covid-19 situation in India and the preparedness of the public health system.

What is Omicron sub-variant BF.7?

As per the news agency PTI report, BF.7 is a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant BA.5 and has the strongest infection ability since it is highly transmissible, has a shorter incubation period, and a higher capacity to cause reinfection or infect even those vaccinated.

  • The BF.7 is an abbreviated form for BA.5.2.1.7. It is a sub-lineage of the BA.5 Omicron variant.
  • The BF.7 variant is reportedly more infectious than the other variants of coronavirus known so far.
  • As per reports, the variant can infect even those fully vaccinated against the virus.
  • The variant is believed to have a reproduction value, which means persons infected with the BF.7 variant are very likely to transmit the virus to others.
  • BF.7 accounted for more than 5 percent of Covid-19 cases in the US and 7.26 percent in the UK in October.

What are the symptoms of Covid-19 Sub-Variant BF.7 Variant?

Persons infected with the BF.7 variant of Omicron may experience symptoms similar to other sub-variants. Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhea.

However, the variant is likely to cause severe illness among those with pre-existing medical conditions and weaker immune systems.

Vaccination

Noting that only 27-28 percent of India’s eligible population have taken the precautionary dose of Covid-19, NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr VK Paul said people should take the jab.

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