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 فيروس كورونا الجديد ”المتحور المثير للقلق“ infographic
Graphic shows lineage of Eris variant and other Covid-19 variants of concern.
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فيروس كورونا الجديد ”المتحور المثير للقلق“

By Phil Bainbridge

August 15, 2023 - حالات كوفيد-19 المسجلة في الولايات المتحدة وأوروبا وآسيا تتزايد مع تحديد EG.5 أو إيريس كمتحور مثير للقلق - سريع النمو ومن المرجح أن يصبح الشكل السائد مع تضاؤل مستويات المناعة.

The WHO singled out Eris to be closely watched because of mutations that might make it more contagious or severe. It has an extra spike protein mutation which can give it a transmission advantage over other previously dominant variants, but also affects how antibodies neutralise the virus, possibly allowing it to evade immunity due to previous infection or vaccination.

Global EG.5 infections account for around 17% of total cases, up from just 1% in late May, and while it is generally no more dangerous than the earlier Omicron variant, U.S. hospitalisations have soared by 40% since a low in June, while still 90% lower than the January 2022 Omicron outbreak.

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PUBLISHED: 15/08/2023; STORY: Graphic News
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