April 15, 2024

What Is The BF.7 Variant Of COVID, Driving The Surge In China? Everything You Need To Know

Driving the current surge in COVID-19 cases in China, and some other countries is the BF.7 variant. India since June has reported four cases of this variant. 

Driving the current surge in COVID-19 cases in China, and some other countries is the BF.7 variant. India since June has reported four cases of this variant. While three have been detected in Gujarat, one case has been traced to Odisha. With panic growing over this variant, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a review meeting, in which he directed officials to be alert and strengthen surveillance.  

The secretaries of health, department of pharmaceuticals, department of biotechnology, Ayush, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Rajiv Bahl, Member (Health) of NITI Aayog Dr. VK Paul and National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) Chairman Dr. N K Arora attended the meeting among other officials.

But what is the BF.7 variant?

The BF.7 is an abbreviated form for BA.5.2.1.7. It is a sub-lineage of the Omicron variant BA.5 and has the strongest infection ability since it is highly transmissible, has a shorter incubation period, and has a higher capacity to cause reinfection or infect even those vaccinated. 

Persons infected with the BF.7 variant of Omicron may experience symptoms similar to other sub-variants. Common symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, vomiting, fatigue, and diarrhoea.

During the review meeting called by the Health Ministry, it was also highlighted that ‘no severity in cases’ had been seen so far. However, Secretary Pharma and Ayush were asked to keep a stock of medicines that were used during the COVID-19 pandemic as a precautionary measure.

Moreover, Serum Institute of India (SII) Founder and CEO, Adar Poonawalla who manufactured the widely used COVID vaccine Covishield assured that there is no need to panic. “The news of rising COVID cases coming out of China is concerning, we need not panic given our excellent vaccination coverage and track record. We must continue to trust and follow the guidelines set by the Government of India

Following the review meet held earlier in the day, Health Minister Mandaviya has asked people to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour, including wearing masks in crowded places, and getting vaccinated.

ECOSYSTEM

Positive growth.

Nature, in the common sense, refers to essences unchanged by man; space, the air, the river, the leaf. Art is applied to the mixture of his will with the same things, as in a house, a canal, a statue, a picture. But his operations taken together are so insignificant, a little chipping, baking, patching, and washing, that in an impression so grand as that of the world on the human mind, they do not vary the result.

The sun setting through a dense forest.
Wind turbines standing on a grassy plain, against a blue sky.
The sun shining over a ridge leading down into the shore. In the distance, a car drives down a road.

Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable. We must trust the perfection of the creation so far, as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy. Every man’s condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries he would put.

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