Cassian Baliarsingh

The JN.1 variant, a new COVID-19 variant, has sparked concerns in India. Classified as a ‘variant of interest’ by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the JN.1 variant has reached India and is spreading panic.

Initially identified in Luxembourg, the sub-variant is a descendant of the Pirola variant (BA.2.86) which has its origin in the Omicron sub-variant. Till now, the variant has killed one person in Kerala while taking India’s active COVID-19 cases to 1828.

Amid the rise in COVID-19 cases, PM Modi-led government has directed all state governments to ensure adequate health arrangements.

Below are the symptoms of COVID-19 variant JN.1:
1.    The affected person may suffer from fever, runny nose, sore throat, and headache.
2.    This may also cause loss of appetite and persistent nausea.
3.    The patients will not feel hungry easily.
4.    In rare cases, patients with JN.1 variant may also experience gastrointestinal problems.
5.    Moreover, symptoms such as vomiting and nausea may occur.
6.    The symptoms associated with the new Covid-19 variant are generally mild to moderate.
At present, over 90% of the Covid cases in India are mild and managed through home isolation.