Covid subvariant JN.1 in Kerala: all you need to know

By Editorji News Desk
Published on | Dec 17, 2023

JN.1 Covid Sub-Variant Identified in Kerala

New Omicron subvariant JN.1 has been detected in Kerala; sparking concerns & necessitating heightened alertness.

Union Ministry's Response

Union Ministry of Health initiated preparedness measures following JN.1 identification in Kerala on December 16.

Nationwide Mock Drill

Health facilities across states conducted mock drills, evaluating public health and hospital readiness until December 18.

Global Spread of JN.1

Pirola descendants spread in 38 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Iceland, Spain, Portugal and Netherlands.

JN.1 Case in Kerala

Kerala reported JN.1 case in a 79-year-old woman from Karakulam. She had mild symptoms and has recovered from Covid-19.

JN.1 Variant Background

JN.1, a variant of Covid, is linked to Omicron subvariant BA.2.86 or Pirola, first detected in the U.S. in September 2023.

Variant Characteristics

JN.1 variant spreads faster, evades immunity; responsible for increased hospitalisation: NIMA Covid Task Force co-chairman.

Symptoms of JN.1

JN.1 causes mild upper respiratory symptoms—fever, runny nose, sore throat, headache; similar to other global variants.

Precautions and Recommendations

Prompt testing for viral symptoms, wearing masks, and isolation if symptoms persist, are the recommended precautions.