MoPH announced the detection of a new sub-mutant of the coronavirus 'EG.5'
01 Sep 2023News
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) of Qatar reported discovering a small number of instances of the novel coronavirus sub-mutant 'EG.5' there. The MoPH clarified that the cases that were reported were straightforward and did not require hospitalisation for individuals who were impacted. According to the government, the epidemiological situation involving the new strain was being actively watched. The World Health Organisation (WHO) reported the discovery of the new sub-mutant earlier this month. More than 50 nations, including those in the Gulf area, have so far reported it.
In addition to the EG.5 variation, the BA.2.86 mutation has also been identified in the United States, Great Britain, and Denmark. Despite having several genetic differences from the original virus, the variant hasn't been proven to be propagating quickly.
The MoPH stated that it was still keeping an eye on things and checking samples for the two new mutations. It also emphasised how crucial it is for those who face a serious infection risk to take the usual precautions, such using a mask in crowded areas, washing their hands often, and maintaining a safe distance between others.
People experiencing symptoms similar to COVID-19, such as a fever of 38 degrees Celsius or higher, chills, exhaustion, body pains, a cough that causes chest discomfort, and shortness of breath, are encouraged to contact a doctor and begin a potential treatment plan. WHO states that there is no proof that the two new sub-mutants are more likely to produce severe symptoms and sickness than the Omicron mutant or other existing variations.