A new variant is advancing in France: why is it worrying?  – Lasanteauquotidien.com

A new variant is advancing in France: why is it worrying? – Lasanteauquotidien.com

A new variant is advancing in France: why is it worrying?
A subvariant may be responsible for the ninth wave, new scientific advice worries. © Stock of Adobe

The new Scientific Council for Covid has just released its first opinion on the current health crisis. 8E wave, new worrying variant, likely scenarios: 3 facts to remember.

3 responsible for 8E vague

Committee for monitoring and predicting health risks (blacksmiths) Yippee new scientific advice for Covid. In his first opinion, Covars returns to the factors of the current eighth wave: decrease in herd immunity, conditions climatic favorable for the spread of the virus and the resumption of schooling.

Peak 8E wave is reached?

The peak of the eighth wave appears to have been reached. The the members of the Covars raise an “early signal to slow down in the dynamics of the current wave”. But if a subvariantOmicron BA.5 remains in the majority in France, it could soon replaced by BQ.1.1. A partial variant is considered disruptive.

Immune escape from BQ.1.1.

A new subvariant of Omicron, BQ.1.1 is considered of concern due to its “significant immune leakage”. This new subvariant appears to escape both immunity acquired by previous infection and immunity acquired by vaccination. BQ.1.1 is today responsible for 15% of positive cases in France.

Is the ninth wave coming?

in their opinion Covars experts do not rule out 9E vague caused by this new subvariant. They are concerns about the situation of hospital services this winter faced a resurgence of winter infectious diseases such as flu, bronchiolitis or gastroenteritis. “These epidemics greatly increase the pressure on specialist services,” they write.

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