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JN-1 Variant of COVID-19 Reveals New Symptoms: Anxiety and Sleep Troubles

The JN-1 variant of COVID-19 brings new symptoms: trouble sleeping and anxiety. While India records over 4,000 active cases, globally, the variant continues to spread.

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Dil Bar Irshad
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JN-1 Variant of COVID-19 Reveals New Symptoms: Anxiety and Sleep Troubles

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new variant, JN-1, is causing ripples across the globe. An alarming revelation from the United Kingdom's Office for National Statistics (UK ONS) identifies two new symptoms for this variant: trouble sleeping and anxiety. These symptoms add to the existing list, which includes runny noses, coughs, headaches, and weakness.

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The JN-1 Variant: A Brief Overview

The JN-1 variant, a sublineage of the Omicron variant, first emerged in India on December 8, in the southern state of Kerala. Since then, India has registered over 4,000 active cases. The symptoms of JN-1 align with the traditional symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste and smell, sore throat, congestion, runny nose, nausea, and diarrhea.

Global Impact and Concern

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Internationally, the JN-1 variant is contributing to a surge in COVID cases. In the United States, it's one of the fastest-spreading variants, accounting for 25% of COVID cases in Missouri and estimated to make up between 39 to 50% of circulating variants. Despite its rapid growth, the existing vaccines, tests, and treatments remain effective against JN-1. However, concerns about its ability to evade the immune system and potentially cause more transmissible or severe illness persist.

The Human Element: Anxiety and Sleep Troubles

Notably, the JN-1 variant brings with it symptoms not typically associated with respiratory health. The UK ONS reports that more than 10% of people in the UK experienced anxiety and sleeplessness due to COVID-19 in early November. These symptoms are now being linked to the JN-1 variant. This development underscores the broader impacts of the pandemic on mental health, a subject already sparking conversations around workplace trends, personal confessions, and lifestyle adjustments.

The Path Forward: Vigilance and Adaptation

The emergence of the JN-1 variant underscores the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity for ongoing vigilance and adaptation. As the situation evolves, so too does our understanding of the virus and its impacts on our health and society at large. In these uncertain times, there's a clear need for accurate reporting, effective public health strategies, and individual responsibility to combat the spread of the virus.

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