The year 2020 was a nightmare for many. Being locked up at home for so long left scars on our society and economy that even today, more than two years later, we are still trying to repair. Therefore, it is not surprising when panic appears before a potential new threat.
In the case of COVID-19, there have been numerous variants that have emerged since its first appearance. Beta, Delta and Omicron are some of the most striking. However, thanks to the timely appearance of vaccines and other factors, each of them has been controlled.
However, currently there have been cases of a new variant that is presumed to be much more dangerous than the previous ones: Centaur or “Centaurus”. Originally from India, where at least 20% of the cases known so far are registered, it has managed to spread to countries such as Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom at a worrying speed.
THE SYMPTOMS THAT YOU CAN IDENTIFY
It is still early to assume that we know everything about this new variant. At the moment, there is hardly any information about its level of transmissibility or evasion, as well as the effect it may or may not have on the vaccines that the majority of the population currently has.
However, it is recommended to remain alert to the presence of:
• Strong headaches that occur continuously and for periods of acute without external explanation.
• Fever, cough and nasal congestion, as main alerts of airway blockage.
• Throat pain.
• General discomfort.
WHY IS CENTAUR MORE DANGEROUS?
According to data provided by Soumya Swaminathan, chief scientist of the OMS, Centaur has 16 mutations noted with respect to previous variants. Two of them, G446S and R493Q, are the ones of greatest concern to the scientific community porno français, due to their potential ability to evade immunity from vaccines and previous infections.
However, this aspect is still under study and there is still not enough evidence to confirm it. This does not necessarily mean that we are safer. On the contrary. By not knowing the limits of this variant, acting on it is a gamble.
HOW TO STAY SAFER?
In order to keep the population safe, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) make the following recommendations:
• To start with, an additional dose of mRNA vaccine is recommended. In the first instance, this is of vital importance for people with weakened immune systems due to natural causes or compromised by external factors. According to the recommendation, it should be given at least 2 weeks after the second mRNA vaccine booster.
• Preventive health control measures.
• Priority on anti-COVID security protocols in public spaces.
• Pay attention to general health and immediately visit a health professional in case of symptoms of COVID-19.
• Immediate isolation of patients who present any symptoms.
• Follow the previously established indications in case of infection of this or any other of the variants.