Recently, a surge in the number of new COVID subvariant JN.1 in India has raised concerns among people. Amidst this, doctors from New Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have advised people to not panic and rather remain vigilant.

“People are getting infected by the new sub-variant of COVID-JN.1 in many states of the country. The symptoms of the patients are mild. Therefore, there is no need to panic but the need to remain alert,” Dr Neeraj Nischal said.

Dr Nischal, who is an Additional Professor in the Department of Medicine at AIIMS Delhi, said, “We have been saying this type of ripple will keep on happening. Even during the first and second waves, we predicted that this virus would mutate further and the stage would come where it would become more infectious but at the same time cause less mortality or morbidity.”

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“So this is, you can say, a fight between the viruses in human beings who are also trying to survive. People are becoming infected but at the same time, it’s not causing the problem that its predecessors, like the delta variant, caused,” said the doctor.

“The important thing is that we are more aware of this virus and that we know how to deal with it. So if you see cases increasing, that shows that our surveillance system is in place, and we can pick up any new surge or any new variant that is coming into our society. So this should not be a cause for panic. This only shows how well we are prepared now and I think we should be able to handle this in a good way,” he added.

Dr Nischal further said, “From the data that is emerging, the new subvariant is not very different from omicron. We are looking into whether the virus is causing similar types of symptoms like coughing, cold, sneezing, fever, and body aches.”

Doctors probing intensity of infection

The doctors further said that they were probing if the subvariant was causing serious lung damage, if it was generating the need for oxygen requirements or if the patients needed hospitalisation.

“There are certain pockets in the country where we are witnessing cases, but that cannot be generalised for the country. So it’s good. We have a good surveillance system in place and we can contain this disease and that’s the most important thing,” added the doctor.

“I will not say that we are seeing an increased number of COVID cases in our OPD it’s not like that. We do witness a lot of common cold and flu patients this season. So this is a generalised type of respiratory infection that happens during the winter so there is nothing new that we are witnessing at the moment,” he said.

“I won’t be saying that we are witnessing an increased number of cases or something serious about patients. No, it’s the routine cases that we see every winter. That’s what we are witnessing now,” he added.

(With inputs from agencies)

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