COVID19 recently launched its new update, the XE recombinant variant, its latest in the series of Omicron subvariants. Transmission capabilities of the XE version is much better than previous ones. In terms of market volume, XE has had a slow business but is expected to catch on 🤧. The XE variant blends the genetic best of Omicron BA.1 and BA.2.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) April 6, 2022
Experts claim ki isme naya kuch nahi. These variants, sub-variants and recombinant sub-variants keep popping up as the pandemic progresses. However the experts (and the administration) need to be on their toes even though the cases are considerably low. XE docked in Mumbai this time (hamesha ki tarah).
India reported its first case of Covid-19 variant XE in Mumbai. “The results of 11th test under the Covid virus genetic formula determination – 228 or 99.13% (230 samples) patients detected with Omicron,” the Greater Mumbai Municipal Corporation said.https://t.co/qdXmrn2OaY pic.twitter.com/pCk34Q46pH
— Mint (@livemint) April 6, 2022
While govt. officials had denied the same 👀
— ANI Digital (@ani_digital) April 6, 2022
The 50 y/o woman who has (unfortunately) contracted XE has a travel history to South Africa. However the patient is asymptotic and out of danger. The woman was the only one tested positive for the XE variant out of 376 samples. Another one tested positive for the Kappa variant.
India’s first XE variant patient is asymptomatic & fully vaccinated.
50 year old female patient has no comorbidities.
The patient is costume designer by profession and a member of shooting crew. pic.twitter.com/tvTPBibhMe
— Puja Bhardwaj (@Pbndtv) April 6, 2022
— Annu Kaushik (@AnnuKaushik253) April 6, 2022
The cases are on the rise in the UK, however not significantly. React studies data shows that the cases in the UK might have peaked in children and young adults but plateauing amongst the adults. Similar rigorous swab testing should be conducted in India as well. New cases have been discovered in Thailand and New Zealand as well.
What are the symptoms of the XE infection?
The primary symptoms are mild infection with fever, fatigue and similar symptoms like the Omicron BA.1 strain. Following symptoms are common across all variants.
- Elevated temperature
- Sore throat
- General fatigue
- Runny or blocked nose
- Loss of appetite
- Recurrent diarrhoea
- Possible loss of smell or/and taste
Should we be worried?
Although the XE recombinant variant is 10% more transmissible than the Omicron parent variant, it’s not a cause of panic. But every time someone says don’t panic I do 🙁
Genomic data in India lags by a month. If COVID XE variant has been detected today in Mumbai means it was already here since a month. And the cases have been going down considerably inspite of that. So let’s be cautious but not panic.
However, don’t leave anything to chance. Get jabbed. Mask up when you are out 😷
— World Health Organization Philippines (@WHOPhilippines) April 6, 2022
Meanwhile the twitterverse rolled out hilarious memes.
— Himanshu Sharda (@shardaasm) April 6, 2022
— Simba 🦁🇮🇳 (@aintrovertboy) April 6, 2022
— DEBARATI (@DebAnu2002) April 6, 2022
Scenes Rn…👀😬 pic.twitter.com/KOImnwGZxY
— 👑 Prince👑 (@TheLolnayak) April 6, 2022
— Aashiq parmar 🐌 (@1amVickey) April 6, 2022
Keep a tab on Mashable’s latest on Omicron XE here.