IHU Variant: Get to Know the Newest Monitored Variant

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen multiple strains of this deadly virus, and these variants have made it challenging to handle the pandemic.
News of a new COVID-19 variant has recently appeared, and people are starting to worry. Here’s everything we know so far about the most recent COVID-19 variant.

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What is the IHU variant?
The variant called B.1.640.0 or the IHU variant, unofficially named after the Méditerranée Infection University Hospital Institute (IHU), is the latest COVID-19 variant to be detected in Southern France on the 10th of December 2021. There are currently 12 people who are infected with the IHU variant, all of them located in Marseille, France.
Research regarding this variant shows that it was found in someone vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and had recently traveled to Cameroon, West Africa.

 What are the mutations?
According to a genetic analysis done, the IHU contains 46 mutations from the original COVID-19 strain. These mutations make this variant more resistant to currently administered vaccines.
Despite these mutations, the IHU variant is not as dangerous as the other variants like the Delta Variant and is still considered a ‘Variant Under Monitoring.’

What Should You Do?
Here are some of the things you can do to keep yourself and your loved ones safe during the pandemic:
1. Get vaccinated
Vaccines significantly reduce the risk of you developing more severe illnesses, hospitalization, and death that can be the result of COVID-19.
2. Know the different variants and their symptoms
COVID-19 has different classifications of the variants. Some variants spread more easily than others, while some lead to more severe cases of COVID-19. All the various strains of the COVID-19 have different symptoms.
3. Wear your masks
Mask wearing is still one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the virus. Those who are not yet fully vaccinated should always wear their masks.
4. Get tested
If you are feeling sick or are experiencing any of the symptoms for COVID-19, it is advised to quickly isolate yourself from the rest of your family and get tested.