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Karnataka government issued a public warning following the discovery of a new Coronavirus sub-variant

The Karnataka government has issued an advise advising people to follow COVID-19 acceptable behaviour in light of fresh sub-variants of the Coronavirus being identified in neighbouring state of Maharashtra.

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The health agency has also recommended those with symptoms such as cough, cold, and fever to get tested at nearby hospitals and to isolate themselves until the findings are available.

The above warning was issued to the general public by the Commission of Health and Welfare after the discovery of novel sub-variants of Omicron BQ.1 (US variant) BA.2.3.20, in addition to XBB, a recombinant of BA.2.75 and BJ.1, in Maharashtra, and in light of the upcoming Deepavali and Kannada Rajyothsava festival seasons.

“Those experiencing fever, cough, cold, sore throat, or difficulty breathing should compel testing right away at the nearest hospital or health centre (ideally Rapid Antigen Test; if negative, RT-PCR), and get self-isolated until the results are received,” the government advised.

People who have respiratory problems ought to get quick medical attention, preferably in a hospital. Utilizing a face mask inside, in air-conditioned spaces, places with poor ventilation, places that are closed off to the outside world, around people, and in medical institutions (N-95/medical masks). The warning stated that it was crucial for elderly and Co-morbid people to wear face masks in public places.

The department has urged people to participate in celebrations outside and to limit interior crowding as much as possible. Additionally, people who require a booster shot or a preventative dosage of vaccine must receive one. People who are 60 years of age or older, have co-morbidities, and have not previously been naturally infected should obtain their vaccinations as soon as possible.Those who are immune-deficient and immunocompromised, on renal dialysis, taking anticancer treatments, and so on, are urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible in consultation with their treating doctor, according to the advisory.

The department advised following COVID Appropriate Behaviour (CAB), which includes avoiding close contact with those who are exhibiting symptoms and using tissues or handkerchiefs when necessary. Along with the broad warning, the government has also urged individuals to choose environmentally friendly “green crackers” in the sake of everyone’s health and safety.

The agency has also requested that they be followed by the relevant district and municipal authorities.

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