Jordanian doctor clarifies details about COVID-19 variant

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AMMAN –  Retired Major General and Medical Doctor Adel Mohammad Al-Wahadneh said that the new COVID-19 variant, “JN.1”, which has recently raised concerns by the World Health Organization (WHO), is responsible for a noticeable increase in infections, demonstrating higher infectivity and a greater ability to evade immune defenses, compared to previous strains of the virus, as reported by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Khaberni reported.اضافة اعلان

In an interview with Khaberni, Wahadneh said that the new variant, “JN.1”, first appeared in the US last summer, expressing that currently, there is no evidence suggesting that “JN.1” causes more severe illness than other viral strains, according to the CDC. Wahadneh also highlighted that initial symptoms are likely to be similar to previous variants, such as throat irritation, fatigue, headache, congestion, cough, and fever.

Wahadneh recommended that the WHO's COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Team adhere to vaccines designed for variant XXB.1.5, as they seem to offer at least some shared or cross-protection. He emphasized the importance of ongoing research and adaptation to emerging variants to ensure effective vaccination strategies.

WHO had classified the new COVID-19 variant"JN.1," as a separate and concerning mutation due to its rapid spread, and it is derived from the parent strain BA.2.86.

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