Tuesday, 8 November 2022, 12:15
The new Covid-19 variants BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 have now been detected in five EU countries including Spain and cases are expected to rise significantly in the next few weeks. At the moment this variant only accounts for 2.7% of cases in Spain, but Health minister Carolina Darias has said it could be dominant by the end of this month or in early December and experts believe it could be responsible for over 50% of cases in Europe in forthcoming weeks.
On social media this variant has been nicknamed “dog of hell” or “hellhound”, alluding to Cerberus, the three-headed dog belonging to the god Hades in Greek mythology which guarded the gates to the underworld.
At present there is no indication that this variant poses an extra risk, but the health authorities are asking anyone who has not yet been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 to do so.
Omicron and its variants are likely to cause symptoms such as sore throat, cough, a general feeling of being unwell, aphonia, diarrhoea and a runny nose in people who have been vaccinated or previously had the virus and are not immune-depressed or suffer from serious health problems.
With 11 days more data, it is becoming quite clear that BQ.1.1 will drive a variant wave in Europe and North America before the end of NovemberCornelius Roemer (@CorneliusRoemer) October 2, 2022
Its relative share has kept more than doubling every week
It has taken just 19 days to grow 8-fold from 5 sequences to 200 sequences 1/ https://t.co/pPIi0wbNuR pic.twitter.com/NUpzCplcZB
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