The new strain has been considered one of the most contagious and it has a presence in 25 countries.
The variant of Covid 19 known as Kraken has already been registered in Mexico in Mexico City and the State of Mexico, according to reports from the newspaper El País. So far, the health authorities have not confirmed such infections. However, they have reported the possible presence of the new variant and are awaiting confirmation from clinical studies.
So far, the authorities have reported the dangers and damage that the new wave of the virus can cause. Variant that has alarmed the international health community due to its rapid spread in different countries since it represents 75 percent of positive cases in the United States.
The strain scientifically known as subvariant XBB.1.5 is one of the easiest to transmit and evade immunity according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Technical Advisory Group on the Evolution of the SARS-CoV-2 Virus. However, the symptoms of this variant are not different from other strains.
It is worth mentioning that the spread of this and other variants of Covid-19 have increased after the arrival of the winter season and the cold fronts that have hit the country. Given this, the health agencies have recommended that the population follow the measures to avoid contagion, such as the use of face masks in closed spaces and without ventilation, as well as maintaining social distance.
According to Andrew Pekosz, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University, the Kraken variant is a fusion that was created from other strains known as BA.2, BJ.1 (BA.18.104.22.168) and BA.2.75 (BA.2.75). .22.214.171.124). This new type of virus is currently registered in 25 countries and a greater presence is expected in the following months.
The health authorities have recommended that people who present symptoms go immediately to the nearest health center to get a prompt diagnosis and avoid future infections.
According to the Ministry of Health in Mexico, 31,909 cases have been reported with an incidence rate of 27.8 people per 100,000 inhabitants in the last week of December. Since the start of the pandemic, an approximate of 7 million 222 thousand 611 positive cases and a total of 331 thousand 30 deaths have accumulated.
The states with the highest number of recorded cases are Mexico City with 12,876 infections, the state of Quintana Roo with 893, and Tabasco with 2,088. While the states that returned to using face masks on a mandatory basis were Baja California, San Luis Potosí, Durango, Nuevo León, Puebla and Tamaulipas.
The health agencies have reported that, despite the cases, the infections have not increased exponentially, nor the deaths thanks to the fact that 90% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose.
According to the WHO, the Kraken variant is more infectious than other strains thanks to its speed and propagation. However, the symptoms are very similar to other strains.
Fatigue and general malaise.
Congestion and runny nose.
Loss of smell or taste.