What You Need to Know About the New COVID-19 Variant, JN.1?
Infectious Disease

What You Need to Know About the New COVID-19 Variant, JN.1?

Over the last 24 hours, India has reported more than 600 new COVID cases and five deaths, according to the most recent information from the Union Health Ministry. JN.1 is a subvariant of the Omicron family, showing some differences while still being related. The World Health Organization labeled the Covid-19 version JN.1 as a 'variant of interest' because it's spreading fast worldwide.  

Signs to watch out for

  • Runny or stuffy nose, similar to the common cold
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Diarrhoea
  • Shortness of breath

UK health authorities report that the new symptoms linked to the JN.1 Covid-19 sub-variant include anxiety and difficulty sleeping.

 Who's More Vulnerable to Infection?

  • Elderly (65+)
  • Diabetic patients
  • Individuals with neurological or nerve-related conditions
  • People suffering from COPD, heart, kidney, or liver diseases, and cystic fibrosis
  • Pregnant women
  • Smokers
  • Those who haven’t received the COVID vaccination and booster

How to prevent infection of JN.1?

  • Always clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water
  • Put on a well-fitting mask in crowded spaces. Avoid masks with valves and ensure the mask covers your nose, mouth, and chin completely.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including door handles, faucets, and
  • If you experience symptoms or test positive for JN.1 COVID-19, isolate yourself until you've recovered.

Build immunity against JN.1 COVID-19 Variant

  • Vaccination: Get your shot – it's your superhero cape against COVID-19!
  • Balanced diet: Consume a well-balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. Ensure you are getting essential vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc.
  • Move your body: Dance, walk, yoga, or stretch – just get that body groovin' every day!
  • Adequate sleep: Aim for 7-9 hours of restful sleep, lack of sleep can weaken the immune system
  • Hydrate yourself: Sip that H2O; your immune system needs it to stay in
  • Relieve stress: Take a break – a quiet moment or a good laugh can beat stress.