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JN.1 COVID Variant: Symptoms & Measures To Control and Prevent JN.1 Variant

Check the symptoms and preventive measures to control the spread of JN.1 subvariant.

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JN.1 subvariant, a new strain of the COVID-19 virus that was first detected in India in December, has garnered attention in recent weeks as the country continues to see a slight upsurge in cases of COVID.

While it is currently classified as a variant of interest rather than a variant of concern, it's crucial to understand its impact on children, keep an eye out for the symptoms, and explore preventive measures.

JN.1 is a descendant of an Omicron subvariant (BA.2.86). And like other COVID variants and subvariants, it has mutations in its genetic code, influencing its behaviour and transmissibility.

Fortunately, studies suggest that it doesn't pose a higher risk to children compared to other known variants. However, vigilance is key in monitoring any potential changes.

Let's have a look at the symptoms and preventive measures of the JN1 variant.

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JN.1 COVID Variant: Symptoms

According to Dr Nihar Parekh, a senior paediatrician and the Founder of Cheers Child Care & SOCC, here are a few symptoms that can appear in children.

Children infected with the JN.1 variant largely exhibit symptoms similar to those seen with other Omicron subvariants. These include:

1. Fever and Fatigue: Persistent fever and unexplained fatigue are common early signs.

2. Respiratory Issues: Children might experience coughing, shortness of breath, or rapid breathing. However, he says, the JN.1 subvariant does not seem to be impacting the lungs as such.

3. Gastrointestinal Symptoms: Some cases involve digestive problems such as nausea or diarrhoea.

4. Loss of Taste or Smell: This symptom, although more prevalent in adults, can also occur in infected children as well.

5. Muscle Aches and Headaches: General discomfort, muscle pain, and headaches may be present.

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What Are the Preventive Measures To Control The Spread of JN.1 COVID Variant?

Preventive Measures for Parents and Caregivers:

1. Vaccination: Encourage all eligible family members to get vaccinated, and boosted if necessary. While the vaccine may not prevent infection entirely, it significantly reduces the severity of symptoms.

2. Hygiene Practices: Emphasise good hygiene habits like regular handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Alcohol-based hand sanitisers are also effective.

3. Masking: If your child is old enough to wear a mask comfortably, encourage its use, especially in crowded or indoor settings.

4. Social Distancing: Teach children the importance of maintaining a safe distance from others, especially if someone is presenting flu-like symptoms.

5. Ventilation: Ensure proper ventilation in indoor spaces. Open windows and doors to increase fresh air circulation.

6. Regular Health Check-ups: Schedule routine check-ups with your pediatrician. Early detection can be crucial in managing the virus's impact.

7. Quarantine Measures: If someone in the household is infected or showing symptoms, isolate them from others, and follow recommended quarantine guidelines.

8. Educational Communication: Explain the situation to your child in an age-appropriate manner. Help them understand the importance of following preventive measures without causing unnecessary fear.

While the JN.1 subvariant is currently a variant of interest, staying informed and proactive is essential, especially when it comes to the health of our children.

Recognising symptoms early, promoting preventive measures, and maintaining open communication with healthcare professionals can contribute significantly to managing the impact of this new variant.

As the situation evolves, it is crucial to adapt our strategies and guidelines to safeguard the well-being of our children. Through a combination of vaccination, hygiene practices, and responsible behavior, we can navigate these challenging times and protect the most vulnerable members of our communities.

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