Omicron Sub-Variant BF.7: Concerns & Symptoms To Watch Out For

Omicron’s BF.7 sub-variant can cause chest pain, shivering and hearing difficulty. Read on for more information.

 Onlymyhealth Staff Writer
Written by: Onlymyhealth Staff WriterUpdated at: Oct 21, 2022 17:31 IST
Omicron Sub-Variant BF.7: Concerns & Symptoms To Watch Out For

Recently, India’s first case of Omicron’s BF.7 was reported by Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre. It is believed that this sub-variant has transmissibility. Experts are of the opinion that the sub-variant BF.7 and BA.5.1.7 are behind the recent surge of COVID-19 cases in China.

Concerns About BF.7 Sub-Variant

After emerging from Mongolia, the BF.7 sub-variant is now posing fresh threats to the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, and Australia. It has come to light that this variant has a high propensity to evade the immune system and can even infect fully vaccinated people.

Health experts say that only a few viral particles can cause infection in someone. This implies that in contrast to the earlier variants, which required far greater exposure, this variant can cause infection even with little exposure to the infected person.

Also Read: Omicron Sub-variant BQ.1: Risks, Symptoms & Precautions

Symptoms Of BF.7

Omicron Sub-Variant BF.7

According to some reports, globally the following are the symptoms of this highly transmissible Omicron variant:

  • Chest pain
  • Hearing difficulty
  • Change in smell
  • Shivering or quivering

While other symptoms of Omicron remain the same, which include sore throat, fatigue, congestion, cough and runny nose. 

Precautions

As the festive season approaches, it is not wise to put your guard down against COVID-19. Experts advise to follow all precautionary measures in full swing. Wearing masks and following social distancing should be diligently followed. Avoid going to crowded places, such as markets, etc., unnecessarily. 

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