What Is Covid BQ 1.1. In this article, you will get to know about the definition of Covid BQ 1.1, the symptoms of Covid BQ 1.1 and much more about this new Covid variant. Is it more dangerous than the other variants? Here are all your answers.
Covid BQ 1.1 continues to gain ground in the US. It is the cousin of the BA5 which could soon become the majority. According to Public Health Organization, it also represents 39% of current positive tests.
What Is Covid BQ 1.1?
The BQ 1.1 variant is a sub-lineage of BQ.1, which itself is a sub-lineage of BA.5. It emerged in Nigeria in July 2022. Then, it spread throughout Europe, until reached the US in September.
BQ.1 is characterized by the K444T and N460K mutation, whereas BQ.1.1 additionally carries the R346K mutation. These mutations are located at important sites of the Spike protein, involved both in the interaction with its receptor and in recognition by antibodies. These mutations allow BQ 1.1 to counter the action of antibodies. This results in a stronger immune escape. To date, there is no indication that BQ 1.1 is associated with a different clinical presentation or severity from other Omicron sublines
Symptoms Of Covid BQ 1.1:
BQ 1.1 is also talked about because of its symptoms. If it is caused the common symptoms of covid like fever, cough, body aches, etc. It also causes diarrhoea, vomiting, and stomach aches. Potentially more dangerous signs and putting elderly people and pregnant women at risk.
Is The Covid BQ 1.1 Variant More Dangerous Than The Others?
While BQ 1.1 appears to be more resistant to antibodies (produced by the vaccine or by the previous infection) and monoclonal antibody treatments (made specifically to treat the disease), however, it does not appear to be a more severe disease.
It is yet another variant that results from the coronavirus’s natural evolution. But it is not more virulent or more “risky” than the others. Certainly, we are not immune to that a more dangerous variant arising, but this must be subject to standard virological surveillance. For the rest, the more the population is immunized, the newer variants will appear, so we must get used to it and stop panicking about it.