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New COVID 19 Variant ‘Pirola’ Sparks Concern Among Experts in the US

This new COVID 19 variant descends from Omicron, which caused a global surge in cases, including in the US.

‘Pirola,’ a new COVID-19 variant, has raised concerns among experts in the US. (Photo: Google)

A concerning new COVID 19 variant, “Pirola” or BA.2.86, with significant mutations, has surfaced in the United States, raising pandemic concerns.

According to an article published by The Independent, a new COVID 19 variant and highly mutated coronavirus variant known as “Pirola” or BA.2.86 has emerged in the United States, causing concerns among public health experts due to its potential impact on the ongoing pandemic. This new COVID 19 variant is a descendant of the Omicron strain, which previously led to a surge in COVID-19 cases worldwide, including in the US.

The new COVID 19 variant Pirola stands out because it possesses more than 30 mutations in its spike protein, a crucial component located on the surface of the coronavirus that enables it to enter and infect human cells.

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Scott Roberts emphasized the significance of this high number of mutations, comparing it to the relatively minor mutations seen when transitioning between previous variants like XBB.1.5 and EG.5, as well as the potential implications for the emergence of a new COVID 19 variant.

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Simultaneously, another dominant new COVID 19 variant called “Eris” or EG.5 has contributed to a secondary wave of COVID-19 cases, resulting in a 39 percent increase in hospitalizations since the end of July.

According to an article published by AOL, these developments underscore the ever-evolving nature of the virus, including the emergence of a new COVID 19 variant, and the challenges faced by healthcare professionals in managing and mitigating its impact.

The emergence of the new COVID 19 variant Pirola and the persistence of Eris highlight the importance of vaccination, preventive measures, and continued vigilance in the battle against COVID-19.

Public health experts are closely monitoring these new COVID 19 variant to better understand their behavior and adapt strategies to combat them effectively.

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