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WHO:  Maintain Surveillance in Light of the Rise in Respiratory Illnesses

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The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the virus is evolving and altering in response to the rise in respiratory illnesses and the discovery of a novel JN.1 Covid sub-variant. The WHO asked the member states to maintain stringent surveillance and sequence sharing.

The international organization also released a video with Maria Van Kerkhove, its Covid-19 technical head, who described the cause of the recent surges and suggested preventative measures.

“Dr. @mvankerkhove discusses the JN.1 subvariant and the recent rise in respiratory illnesses, including #Covid-19. WHO is still evaluating the circumstances. To keep your loved ones safe this holiday season, heed WHO’s public health advise, which was shared on X (previously Twitter).

Using the social media site, Maria Van Kerkhove also stated that a number of bacteria are to blame for the global increase in respiratory illnesses.

Worldwide, the prevalence of respiratory illnesses is rising as a result of several infections, including mycoplasma pneumonia, COVID-19, the flu, and rhinovirus. SARS-CoV-2 is still developing. JN.1 (subvariant of BA.2.86) is becoming more and more in circulation and is already a VOI, according to her.

Kerkhove stated in the video message that a number of factors, such as more social events over the holiday season and other diseases, are to blame for the current rise in respiratory infections.
Not only is Covid-19-19 circulating, but influenza, other viruses, and bacteria are also present. We are approaching winter in other parts of the world, and people are beginning to get together for the holidays. Additionally, as people congregate, they spend more time indoors, particularly in poorly ventilated spaces. These airborne and interpersonally transmissible pathogens will exploit this, she said.

She went on to say that the virus is changing, which is why there is an increase in Covid-19 cases. She also mentioned that 68% of current cases involve XBB sublineages and other groups like JN.1.
Covid-19 is one of the diseases that is currently on the rise, and this is again due to a number of factors; the virus SARS-Cov-2 is evolving, changing, and circulating in all countries,” stated Kerkhove.
“We have these XBB sublineages in some countries, and they account for about 68% of the sequences that are shared globally,” the speaker continued. BA.2.86, which includes JN.1, is the other grouping. It causes the entire range, starting with asymptomatic illness.

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