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New Symptoms Linked to JN.1 Covid Strain: Trouble Sleeping and Anxiety Added to the List



Emerging variants raise concerns as health officials monitor jn.1 spread worldwide

As the JN.1 strain of Covid establishes itself as the dominant variant globally, reports have surfaced of two additional symptoms associated with this virulent form of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued warnings about the JN.1 strain, noting its prevalence in the UK, the US, Iceland, Portugal, and Spain, with significant spread reported in France, China, and India.

In a recent update from the Office for National Statistics, alongside traditional Covid symptoms such as runny noses, coughs, headaches, and weakness, individuals infected with JN.1 have reported trouble sleeping and heightened anxiety. Health officials express ongoing concerns, emphasizing the need for continued research to understand the potential severity of this latest variant.

The Winter Coronavirus Infection Study’s most recent update noted an increase in the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in England and Scotland leading up to December 13, 2023. Notably, there was a decrease in the number of people reporting a loss of taste and smell.

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Thomas Russo, Professor and Chief of Infectious Diseases at the University at Buffalo in New York, warned about the potential transmissibility of JN.1, suggesting it might be more transmissible than its predecessor, BA.2.86. Russo highlighted that the updated vaccine, closely aligned with JN.1, aims to protect against severe disease, even as the variant spreads.

The report also cited collaborative efforts by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), the Department of Health and Social Care, and NHS England to encourage vaccination, particularly for those at higher risk of severe illness. Despite 11.7 million people in England receiving the flu jab and 8.6 million getting a Covid booster, millions of eligible adults remain unvaccinated.

Dr. Mary Ramsay of the UKHSA urged eligible individuals to take up the vaccine offer, emphasizing its role in protecting against severe illness. The reported symptoms linked to the JN.1 strain include runny nose, cough, headache, weakness or tiredness, muscle ache, sore throat, trouble sleeping, and heightened worry or anxiety.

As the world grapples with the continued evolution of Covid variants, monitoring emerging symptoms becomes crucial in managing and responding to the ongoing public health challenge.


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