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Kraken coronavirus symptoms: how to determine if I have a new coronavirus

A new strain of coronavirus infection was first identified in Russia.

A new strain of coronavirus infection was first identified in Russia.

A photo: Julia PYKHALOVA

In the summer in the West appeared “kraken“- a new version of the crown. Now in Russia! And not in Moscow, but in the Penza region. KP.RU studiedwhere the Kraken came from, how contagious and dangerous it is, what are the symptoms of the Kraken coronavirus and how it will be treated.

– It only has a formidable name – “Kraken”, but, in general, there is nothing formidable in it, – said radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda” virologistDoctor of Biological Sciences Petr Chumakov. – It’s simple evolutionary product of Omicron. And I want to reassure everyone: evolution is going in a very good direction for us, because the virus is becoming less pathogenic, although more contagious.

According to the scientist, in Russia a new version of the coronavirus will actively spread and displace all previous ones. It is impossible to predict how quickly the Kraken will become the leader in infection. However, “ceteris paribus, Kraken will be less likely to cause severe forms of the disease,” said Petr Chumakov.

Symptoms of coronavirus Kraken, how to determine

So far, no unusual symptoms of the Kraken coronavirus have been reported in Russia. You can judge by data from the United States, where the Kraken has already gained momentum. This is confirmed by the virologist Petr Chumakov. So how to diagnose “Kraken”?

Typical symptoms include:

– headache;

– temperature rise

– cough (dry in the early stages);

– a sore throat;

– hoarse voice;

– fatigue;

– nasal congestion;

– runny nose;

– muscle pain.

As for treatment, there are no innovations either. According to the message WHO, antiviral drugs already used to treat COVID-19 “have a high degree of effectiveness.” All symptomatic treatment also works, which allows you to remove the temperature, in case of elevated, relieve sore throat, nasal congestion or runny nose.

Petr Chumakov also noted that vaccines remain effective in protecting against the severe course of the disease.

According to WHO, antiviral drugs already used to treat COVID-19 "have a high degree of efficiency" and against "kraken".

According to the WHO, antiviral drugs already used to treat COVID-19 “have a high degree of effectiveness” against Kraken as well.

A photo: Julia PYKHALOVA

Where does this name come from?

The coronavirus has many faces, nicknames and mythical incarnations. “Kraken” is a sub-variant of the large branch of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus – “Omicron”, “Kraken” has its own serial number XBB.1.5 according to the WHO classification and is recognized today as the most infectious variant of the coronavirus of all.

The very name “Kraken” appeared by chance, scientists are experimenting with names, sorting out the characters of myths and folklore, some names take root. So it was with the “Kraken”, which in myth is no more, no less, like a northern sea monster.

Where and how did it appear?

An offshoot of XBB probably originated in India last spring or summer, and is the product of two different forms of Omicron breeding in the same person at the same time and mixing their genes. Then there were variations. The virus mutates, first of all, in the direction of greater contagiousness. It is, so to speak, more profitable for him to spread than to destroy his master.

How infectious and dangerous is the Kraken variant of the coronavirus?

Now in the northeastern United States, this is the most common option. The progenitor – HVV caused a wave of infections in Singapore last year, and it was slower than the Kraken.

At present, there is no evidence that the Kraken is more dangerous than its other “relatives” – SARS-CoV-2 varieties, and causes a more severe course of the disease. In addition, it is already clear from Omicron that the virus now affects the lungs much less than the first variants of the coronavirus that appeared at the very beginning of the pandemic.

According to Rospotrebnadzorthe XBB.1.5 variant is most dangerous for risk groups – children, the elderly and people with chronic diseases.

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