What is known about “pirol”? The doctor listed the symptoms of a new variant of the coronavirus
October 1, 2023, 15:45 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
This strain is considered more dangerous than its predecessors.
The new “Pirola” coronavirus variant was first discovered in Denmark in late July 2023 and has now been reported in Canada, Israel, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
What is “pirola”
“Pirola” is a mutated “omicron” of COVID-19. The WHO has called the virus a “variant under surveillance.”
In the United Kingdom, of the 37 patients registered as of September 17, seven required hospitalization. The first outbreak was recorded in a nursing home.
In the United States, as of September 8, pyrola virus disease was detected in nine states. There is an increase in the incidence of COVID-19, but it is associated with identified strains of the virus. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a preliminary analysis that revealed that prior vaccination also works against the new Covid variant.
The symptoms of the disease may appear the same as other subtypes of coronavirus infection.
pediatrician, allergist-immunologist, expert at the Faculty of Medicine of Synergy University
“The symptoms of the virus are not specific: runny nose, headache, fatigue, sneezing, sore throat, but diarrhea, red eyes and rash may also occur.”
The new strains can cause both mild asymptomatic forms and quite severe forms. Bacterial complications of a viral infection, manifesting as otitis media, bronchitis, pneumonia and other diseases, can be dangerous. In some cases, loss of smell may occur.
How is the new strain different from the others?
Epidemiologists in different countries are studying how contagious this virus is and the severity of its complications, but they recommend not wasting time and getting vaccinated urgently, especially for patients with weakened immune systems and the elderly.
It is observed that “Pirola” has more mutations. This variant spreads much faster than previous strains.
Even though the virus is mutating, our immune system is already familiar with COVID-19 due to previous illness or vaccination, so this strain is not likely to be devastating.
Who is at risk and how to protect yourself
Chief Doctor of Infectious Diseases of the Instamed Clinic Network, Synergy University Expert
“With the beginning of autumn, the incidence rate increases, including infection with the new coronavirus.”
Those at risk, as a rule, are those with reduced immunity: this includes young children and the elderly. There is also a high probability of contracting this infection among those who often communicate with a large number of people: social workers, teachers, medical workers.
As a preventive measure it is recommended:
handwashing; rinse your nose after going out; avoid contact with infectious patients; treat chronic diseases; replenish iron and vitamin D deficiencies (under medical supervision).
No cases of infection have yet been identified in Russia, but experts do not rule out the possibility of the virus spreading throughout the world in a few months.
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