Published on 26/12/2022
The COVID subvariant omicron has rapidly evolved into many sub-variants since it first emerged in late 2021. A particular subvariant, BF.7, has recently been discovered to be the main variant spreading in Beijing and causing a substantial rise in COVID infections throughout China.
So, What is the Omicron BF.7 variant?
A descendant of the Omicron variation BA.5 is classified as BF.7. Being highly transmissible, it can spread infection. It can infect people more easily or those who have got vaccinated because of its short incubation period. Since its discovery, the Omicron BF.7 strain has been found in several countries, including China, the US, the UK, Belgium, Germany, France, and Denmark.
Omicron BF.7 Symptoms
The Covid-19 virus affects individuals differently, and most infected individuals experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover from it without hospitalization. The World Health Organization (WHO) claims that people infected with the BF 7 subvariant of Omicron may have symptoms similar to those of other sub variants. The BF 7 Covid Variant Symptoms are:
However, this variant makes people with weaker immune systems and pre-existing medical conditions more prone to developing severe illnesses.
Is Omicron Variant - BF.7 More Severe?
According to health experts, the new variant surpasses the immunity that we have developed through an earlier variant or even if the complete course of the vaccines is taken.The BA.7 Covid form has a shorter incubation period, which makes it very contagious. A Fourth Wave could consequently hit the world. The virus initially underwent multiple mutations during the pandemic, with the WHO deeming the Delta strain to be the most dangerous
BF 7 Covid Variant in India:
India has reported confirmed cases of the BF 7 Covid variant, which occurred between July and October. As the transmission is much quicker, the sheer number of people it can infect is the primary concern, making early diagnosis and isolation much more critical. Although recovery rates are high because of the rapid transmission, health officials predict the chances of a high mortality rate.
Covid Variant BF 7 Vaccine
The precautionary Covid-19 booster dose will help prevent the spread of infection. Still, the most concerning part is that cases have also been reported in people who have received the vaccination but have neglected to get their Covid-19 booster doses. BF.7 Omicron variant of Covid-19 is progressively getting transmitted throughout the world among people with low immunity, therefore the Indian government is encouraging and recommending citizens to take the booster dose as soon as possible.
As we all know, the holidays are around the corner, and we all gather in public places to enjoy them, but with the sudden rise of Omicron BF.7 virus, we should take precautions to avoid the spreading of the infection.
Covid-19 Variant BF.7 Precautions
- The first and foremost precaution is wearing masks in crowded areas.
- People should ensure that they are fully vaccinated, including booster doses.
- The elderly and people with health conditions like heart disease, diabetes & asthma etc should maintain caution by following the safety protocols.
- Follow Covid-appropriate behavior; don't ignore cold, coughs, fever and other seasonal illnesses symptoms that are common during these months in India.
- Get a Covid-19 test done immediately and practice self-isolation if you come in close contact with an infected person. The majority of people have received the vaccine dosage. However, we still need to exercise caution because the BF.7 Covid variation has been identified in those who have received the immunization.
Like other Omicron variants, the BF.7 Covid variant has a rapid transmission rate. A person who carries this virus can spread it to an additional 10 to 18 others, even if they are asymptomatic. Although there are not many fatalities and hospitalizations for this variant in India, according to the statistics, the outcome in the coming days, weeks, or months won't be known for some time. However, we should take greater caution and strictly adhere to COVID-acceptable behavior (wearing masks, social distancing, and hand sanitization).Be Vigilant, Be Safe!