New COVID-19 wave modelling from Kenya

An influenza virus variation JN.1 and a derivative of Omicron are circulating throughout the nation, according to the surveillance information of positive COVID-19 or coronavirus samples.

Since its first report in August 2023, the JN.1 has been categorised as a variation intriguing by the World Health Organisation.

According to Dr Shem Otoi, an expert in COVID-19 wave modelling from Kenya, the sudden increase is not unexpected because it has happened previously.

He informed Nation that, according to prior data from their models, the current period may be identified as the peak of COVID-19, albeit a minor one, based on the regularity and frequency of the impulses.

According to reports, an independent consultant pathologist named Dr. Ahmed Kalebi shares the belief that respiratory diseases have been on the rise over the last two weeks.

New COVID-19 wave modelling from Kenya

Many people are experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as a persistent cough, sore throat or chest, and a stuffy nose, according to Kalebi.

A viral respiratory infection epidemic is currently underway, and these symptoms are indicative of that. "But it's not strange or unexpected because it's flu season," he remarked, according to the publication.

As a means of calming public anxiety and informing public health initiatives, Dr Kalebi urged the country's Ministry of Health to increase the frequency of data sharing and public evidence updates.

New COVID-19 wave modelling from Kenya

Also, he urged people to be careful: those who are sick should avoid close contact with others, wash their hands often, and practise good hygiene.

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