Commentary on Covid-19: the BQ.1.1 variant responsible for the new wave?  by Tassaert

Commentary on Covid-19: the BQ.1.1 variant responsible for the new wave? by Tassaert

Covid-19: the BQ.1.1 variant responsible for the new wave?
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Doctors are closely monitoring the new BQ.1.1 variant. They fear a new wave this winter because of this subvariant, whose immune evasion is important. Is a new wave still possible? When will we see the end of Covid?

“We are in transition”

The France has just reached the peak of the epidemic the eighth wave, which started simultaneously with the beginning of the school year. While The French are eager to turn the page with Covid, doctors are more cautious. This is the case of Professor Anne-Claude Crémieux from the infectious disease department of the Saint-Louis Hospital in Paris. “We are in a transition phase where we can still have waves associated with the emergence of new variants“, she testified at the France info microphone on October 24. “We are still in a very unstable situation,” he adds, referring to nnew variant BQ.1.1 which represents 15% of new cases.

How to get out of the pandemic?

“What we would like to have is a balance between this virus and immunity Population. We would then be truly endemicThe immunity of the population would be sufficient to avoid or in any case significantly minimize the severe forms,” ​​explains Professor Crémieux. Immunity acquired either by vaccination or infection.

Endemic or epidemic: what’s the difference?

If doctors hope for an endemic stage Covid is for a simple reason. The endemic stage is declared an infectious disease when its development is predictable with relatively constant traffic. In contrast, a virus is epidemic because it is spread is fast with an increasing number of cases. Finally, currently Covid is in phase pandemic because it spread several continents.

Where is the Covid vaccination?

According to the website Vaccinetracker , vaccination is achieved since 81.0% of the French are vaccinated and 79.7% received all required doses. It’s you 18-29 years old which are proportional to lare the most vaccinated with 94.46% fully vaccinated pups. On the contrary, 87.5% are over 75 years old.

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