How dangerous are 'KP.1 and KP.2' corona variants?

May 25, Kathmandu- A new variant of Corona has been confirmed in many countries of the world including America, India, Singapore. These variants have been named KP.1 and KP.2. Due to the new variant, the infection of corona has started increasing in other countries as well, according to the international media.

The number of people infected with the new variant in India has reached 325. In the preliminary study conducted on the new variant of Corona, it has been found that it increases the infection by weakening the immunity built in the body.

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that although the new variant increases infection in preliminary research, it is not that dangerous.

However, given the rate at which cases of the new variant are increasing, it may soon overtake the most prevalent Omicron variant, 'JN.', according to the CDC.

Similarly, the infection of corona has started increasing in Singapore as well. Dr. Scott Roberts, an infectious disease specialist at Yale Medicine, said that KP.1 and KP.2 have been given the name 'Filaret' based on the technical name of Corona.

It is a sub-variant of Omicron, which is the main variant reported worldwide for the past few years. The Omicron variant is considered highly infectious and has been shown to easily overwhelm the immune system.

According to a report by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a mutation in the spike protein of Filaret is believed to increase its infectivity but is less likely to cause serious disease than previous variants.

Singapore is one of the most affected countries by this new version. According to the local media, it has been found that the 'KP.2' variant is the main cause of most of the infected people there recently.

Doctors also said that most people have only mild symptoms and they are recovering easily.

Dr. Tammy Lundstrom, senior vice president and researcher at Trinity Health, said in a report, "The symptoms of the new version are similar to previous versions of Covid". Most of the infected suffer from fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell. In some infected people, they are seen without symptoms.

As most of the people have been vaccinated, it is said that the risk of serious illness due to corona infection is less.