New varieties, the upcoming gastroenteritis season, the return of cold weather and therefore indoor social interactions, which promote the spread of viruses: part of the scientific community predicts a severe winter health problem.
And lately, the forecasts have taken a slightly more alarming turn. While the XBB variant worries scientists, another is attracting more special attention. Her name : BQ.1.1. He is the result of BA’s mutation. 5, itself a cousin to the Omicron variant.
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Doctors closely monitor this variant, whose symptoms cause fear of confusion with those of gastroenteritis. Infection with BQ.1.1 would actually cause diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach ache and other digestive disorders as we enter the gastro season.
One piece of data is of greater interest to experts: it is powerful “immune escape” That means its ability to avoid the antibodies that our body produces. A characteristic of BQ.1.1 that leads Édouard Tuallion, professor of virology at Montpellier University Hospital, to say that this new variant has “all the cards in the hand to stay the next plural variant“. “It may represent the majority of cases in the coming weeks”, warns the professor in the columns of Free lunch.
BQ1.1 is gaining momentum, it may replace BA5 within a few weeks because it has a greater ability to evade our immunity. How serious will it be? We don’t know, but let’s be careful, let’s limit the transmission of the virus.
Vaccine, mask, ventilation, isolation if lethargic.
— Remi Solomon (@RemiSalomon) 12 October 2022