Knowing your variant of COVID-19

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Knowing your variant of COVID-19
Knowing your variant of COVID-19

The COVID-19 variant Mu recently emerged and has caught the attention of many people, including the World He alth Organization (WHO). This new variant of the Corona virus, known as B.1.621, is suspected to be resistant or immune to the COVID-19 vaccine or a history of previous infection

Coronavirus is still mutating and producing new variants to survive. After the appearance of the Alpha, Beta, Delta, Gamma, Lambda, and Kappa variants, a new variant is now detected which is called the Mu variant.

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This variant was first discovered in January 2021 in Colombia and has been added to the WHO's list of Variants of Interest (VOI). VOI itself is a Corona virus that undergoes genetic changes that affect the characteristics of the virus in terms of transmission, disease severity, and immunity.

In addition, VOI has also been identified as a viral variant that has resulted in a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in many countries.

Facts About COVID-19 Varian Mu

Based on data found by WHO, the Mu variant has similar properties to the Beta variant, which is that it can infect a body that has received immunity, either from the COVID-19 vaccine or a history of infection.

This data is also supported by the discovery of cases of the Mu variant of COVID-19 in patients who have received two types of vaccines in a hospital.

To date, thousands of known cases of the Mu variant have been identified worldwide. However, the notion that the Mu variant is vaccine-resistant still requires further research.

However, WHO said that this Mu variant is not a threat and has no potential to become a dominant and more contagious variant of the Corona virus such as the Delta variant.

WHO is also monitoring 9 variants of the Corona virus that are suspected to be more contagious, cause more severe symptoms, and have immunity to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Symptoms and How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19 Varian Mu

The symptoms of COVID-19 variant Mu are known to be not much different from the symptoms of COVID-19 in general, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, and loss of sense of smell or anosmia. Some people are also reported to have mild symptoms when infected with the Mu variant of the Corona virus.

To protect yourself from this variant, make sure you get the full COVID-19 vaccine. Get vaccinated immediately and don't delay or choose the type of vaccine that you will receive.

Although the Mu variant is not predicted to be as contagious as the Delta variant, you still need to be vigilant. Always apply he alth protocols by doing 5M, namely washing hands, wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, avoiding crowds, and limiting mobility.

You are also encouraged to live a he althy lifestyle by eating a balanced nutritious diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough rest time.

If you experience complaints that resemble the symptoms of COVID-19 variant Mu or other variants, immediately consult a doctor. You can also use the live chat feature with doctors in the ALODOKTER application to ask about your he alth condition.

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