In China, there has been a surge in Covid cases mainly driven by the BF.7 strain of the Omicron variant of coronavirus. The same variant is detected in India, too; though the numbers are small, precautions are still recommended.
The Indian government has begun random testing of visitors from abroad.
BF.7 and symptoms
BF.7 primarily causes upper respiratory infection, which means congestion in the higher parts of the chest and near the throat. Its common symptoms include fever, sore throat, runny nose, and cough. Some people may also experience stomach-related symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea.
As per the doctors, getting tested immediately is crucial as it can help stop the spread with early decisions on isolation and recovery drugs.
Is Covid BF.7 fatal?
India has reported fewer than 200 cases per day so far. The gravity of illness in the case of BF.7 is not that high. However, the real worry is it can spread very fast and infect many people. Therefore, early detection and isolation become even more critical.
The highly transmissible variant can also infect vaccinated people and even, in some cases, infected with the previous variants of Omicron.
First few cases of BF.7
Initially, Gujarat and Odisha observed three and one case, respectively, between July and October. All four patients were isolated, treated and recovered.
Get yourself tested at Grace Laboratory if you are experiencing any Covid symptoms.