JN.1 COVID-19 variant spreads quickly without causing serious infection

JN.1 COVID-19 variant spreads quickly without causing serious infection

Former AIIMS Director, As per the statement made by Dr. Randeep Guleria, the former director of AIIMS, the COVID-19 JN.1 type is "more transmissible" and is "spreading more rapidly, and gradually becoming a dominant variant". "It's causing more infections but the data also suggests that it is not causing severe infections or hospitalisations," he said. In the meantime, the head of INSACOG, Dr. NK Arora, declared that there is now no need for another dosage of the JN.1 immunization.

A descendant of the Omicron virus, the JN.1 variety has been designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a 'variant of interest'. The global health organization did, however, stress that, according to available data, the overall danger posed by JN.1 is still low.

Chief of the India SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG), Dr. NK Arora, states that at this time, a second dose of the JN.1 vaccination is not required. "Prevention, in my opinion, is necessary for everyone 60 years of age or older, those who are prone to have comorbidities, and people taking medications that lower immunity, such as cancer patients. It is recommended that people exercise caution if they haven't already; if not, there is no need for any additional doses," he said as quoted by ANI.

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