The new Covid variant is generating concern at the beginning of the year 2023. while the Italian Government led by Giorgia Meloni has already specified that there’ll be no closures, the data show a worrying spread. The alarm for the new Gryphon Covid variant has already been raised in many Countries. Its scientific name is XBB.1.5 and it belongs to the many Omicron variants that have been around for almost a year.
The new Gryphon Covid variant: the worrying data
The most worrying data of this new wave comes from China. There are no certain estimates on the infection rate from the Asian Country, but a first statistic was made by Airinfinity. This British society spoke of even one million infections per day and 5 thousand deaths per day. However, these are numbers that the Chinese authorities are hiding. If these numbers would get confirmed, we’d be facing the largest Covid mutation to date, affecting the largest slice of the world’s population in such a short time. In Italy, Gryphon affected 1.82% of people, at least according to the latest data made on December 27th. The other European countries where Gryphon has been detected are France, Belgium, Germany, and Great Britain, while a peak occurred in the United States. In fact, in the US the authorities have registered a 140% increase in hospitalizations for Covid.
The symptoms of this new Covid variant
Gryphon, the new Covid variant, affects people in the same way as Cerberus, which was the variant that preceded it. It affects the upper respiratory tracts. Symptoms are:
- Stuffy nose;
- Sore throat;
- Dry cough;
The difference is that the Gryphon variant is more aggressive, and for this reason there’s been an increase in hospitalizations in the US, especially in the State of New York. In addition, the presence of the Australian seasonal flu, which has similar symptoms, is making the situation worse.
Isolation in case of Covid
In Italy, the laws have just been changed following the DL Rave. 5 days after the discovery of the infection, asymptomatic people are not forced to undergo a swab anymore. Isolation can last 5 days, 2 for those who no longer have symptoms. That’s a softer line from the Government which doesn’t want to block activities, allowing asymptomatic people to be able to resume their work after just a few days.
Vaccinations at Nefrocenter
The Nefrocenter Group has played an important role in supporting the vaccination campaign in the Campania Region. The vaccines given to all patients who were undergoing dialysis has made it possible to protect sensitive patients.
Furthermore, the Nefrocenter group was also the protagonist of the Giornate della Salute (Health Days) in Naples, in Piazza del Plebiscito, where it allowed vaccination services inside a medical truck.
Antibody tests at NefrocenterLab
At Nefrocenter Lab it’s possible to undergo the test for the quantitative dosage of antibodies. In our laboratories, we perform the examination of total antibodies, the IgG, IgA and IgM, and the anti-RBS of the S1 subunit of the Spike protein.
The Long Covid
Many symptoms can be linked to the consequences of SARS-CoV-2 infection. It’s important to undergo a whole series of tests that can exclude damage to the organs and the nervous and cardiovascular systems. Long Covid pathologies can cause problems if the symptoms do not disappear within a few months.