What is known about the BA.2.86 strain? Is the new strain of Covid a cause for concern? Although the acute phase of the epidemic has passed, with the emergence of more aggressive strains, it is good to be aware of how to continue to protect yourself and, above all, to be aware of this new strain.
According to the World Health Organization, it has been identified in South Africa, Switzerland, the United States, Israel and the United Kingdom. So far there are no confirmed cases in Brazil.
The BA.2.86 strain was detected in Denmark on July 24, 2023, in a high-risk patient, and in other patients in the previously mentioned countries, and the BA.2.86 strain was identified as a direct mutation of Ômicron. It was then placed by scientists and the World Health Organization on monitoring status for further studies, including a series of tests to monitor the effectiveness of the vaccines.
The World Health Organization certifies that infection rates remain low, indicating that they will likely not cause a new wave of deaths and hospitalizations.
However, scientists still warn of the need for continued monitoring regarding symptoms already observed in previous variants: cough, runny nose, fatigue, sore throat, muscle pain, altered sense of smell, etc.
As mentioned earlier, it is very similar to the existing variations, so the precautions are the same: wash your hands frequently, avoid poorly ventilated areas, wear a mask and keep your vaccination schedule up to date. There is no reason to panic, but precautions should always be up to date!
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