Covid-19: Is the new Eris variant dangerous?

More than three years after the appearance of the coronavirus, a new variant named Eris has been detected. WHO warns of the potential dangers of this Omicron sub-variant.

Covid-19: is the new Eris variant dangerous?
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Covid-19: is the new Eris variant dangerous?

Another new variant. Since the appearance of Covid-19, several variants have been detected, including Omicron, Alpha and Delta. The latest is Eris, officially known as E.G.5.1. This Omicron sub-variant is now very prevalent in several countries, including the UK and France.

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This Tuesday, August 8, 2023, a French public health report was published. Read on to find out what it said.

A very prevalent variant

The report shows a drop in emergency room visits and hospitalizations among children (-6% and -7%), and stable figures for adults. However, visits for suspected coronavirus infection are up: +25% in the 15-74 age group. Eris was first detected on February 17, according to a bulletin issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) on August 9.

E.G.5.1. now accounts for 88% of present variants and has been classified as a 'variant of interest' by the WHO. The health organisation explains why:

Worldwide, there has been a steady increase in the proportion of EG.5 reported. In the week [...] from July 17 to 23, 2023, the global prevalence of EG.5 was 17.4%. This is a significant increase on the data reported four weeks earlier, when the global prevalence of EG.5 was 7.6%

A low-risk variant

As of August 7, 2023, the most affected countries were China (30.6%), the USA (18.4%) and South Korea (14.1%). But fortunately, this variant poses a low risk to our health.

'No change in the severity of the disease has been reported to date', said the WHO. The symptoms remain the same as ever: fever, cough, headache, body aches... Even if Eris does not appear to be more dangerous than the other variants, scientists are still calling for vigilance.

This article has been translated fromOh!MyMag France

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