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Colombo, Dec.22 (Daily Mirror) - With the uptick of cases of influenza-like illnesses in Sri Lanka, medical experts reckon that JN.1 — an Omicron sub-lineage may be seen in the community.

However, they rule out any imminent threat as Sri Lanka has successfully managed previous waves and the country is prepared if there is an increase in cases.

According to Prof. Chandima Jeewandara, Head of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine and Director Allergy Immunology and Cell Biology Unit, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, in India (Kochi) 30% of all patients with influenza-like illnesses who were tested have turned out to be Covid positive in a span of about 24 hours.

“In Sri Lanka, testing is quite low, close to zero. So we don’t know where we stand. But like in the past this JN.1 sub variant will emerge and it may have already with the observation of increases in influenza-like illnesses in Sri Lanka,” he underscored.

“What we know is that Covid is not as simple as the common cold, because people can fall severely ill, and may have long-term effects, including increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and mental health problems. Hence, it’s recommended being alert and vigilant.

Accordingly, Prof Jeewandara advised individuals above 60 and those with poor immunity and suffering other comorbidities to start wearing masks. “Besides, if you are in a poorly ventilated, closed, crowded environment, it's safer to wear a mask,” he added

He also requests people to seek medical care if symptoms such as fever, cough, loss of smell and loss of taste, high fever, breathing difficulties, fatigue, inability to eat and a tendency to vomit persist.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Anwar Hamdani reiterated that the Ministry is vigilant and monitoring the situation.

The JN.1 variant of COVID is considered to be the Omicron sub variant BA.2.86 or Pirola. It was first detected in the United States in September 2023. As per a Reuters report, on 15 December, China detected seven infections of the particular subvariant.


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  • ANTON Friday, 22 December 2023 08:24 AM

    IDEAL OPPORTUNITY TO IMPORT ANOTHER SUBSTANDARD LOT OF VACCINATIONS FROM ABROAD.

    ANTON Friday, 22 December 2023 08:25 AM

    SOON THERE WILL BE ANOTHER VAT........... VIRUS APPLICABLE TAX.

    This is reality Friday, 22 December 2023 09:36 AM

    Spot on! Great coining of words!

    Trehan Munasinghe Friday, 22 December 2023 09:59 AM

    Let's make a few people rich again, including Big Pharma....

    Trehan Munasinghe Friday, 22 December 2023 10:04 AM

    *“What we know is that Covid is not as simple as the common cold, because people can fall severely ill, and may have long-term effects, including increased risk of heart attacks, strokes and mental health problems. Hence, it’s recommended being alert and vigilant* Increased risks of "Heart Attacks" due to Covid or from taking the vaccines, there is enough medical research on this, why are they sticking to only one narrative....

    A Friday, 22 December 2023 11:50 AM

    Shehan Fernandopule the person who wrote this article find some thing else to focus ...don't make it such big issue.

    Dee Friday, 22 December 2023 01:59 PM

    A future NPP government will eliminate all viruses. How? Don’t ask questions , no idea- talks only.

    Globe Friday, 22 December 2023 06:14 PM

    Vaccine is not for Covid. Covid is for the vaccine.

    Mohan Friday, 22 December 2023 06:15 PM

    "Mental health problems" - Were they caused by the virus itself or by the heightened fear an economic difficulties caused by covid?

    Practice health habits for life Friday, 22 December 2023 08:39 PM

    Hey, citizens; please take it serious and take measures to avoid bad health outcomes. Living a healthy and having hygienic practices are a life long process, not only during covid periods. First learn how to cough, sneeze and how to wash hands after using toilet and so on. Believe me in SL more than 90% people dont wash hands with soap after pooing(defecation) , no matter whether they are teachers,lawyers,engineers or doctors. I have been in hostel as a medical student and i know this fact for sure.

    Patcitz Friday, 22 December 2023 09:26 PM

    Undoubtedly, the US plot started to postpone the election potentially set for 2024. Millions of sums are offered to the doctors who kill a patient admitted to the hospital.

    Creator of stories to satisfy his dreams Saturday, 23 December 2023 12:37 AM

    Day dreamer, story maker like a woman at the village well

    M Fernando Saturday, 23 December 2023 03:56 PM

    I guess we do have a choice then. Make Big Pharma rich or the funeral industry rich .. Take your pick.

    Janamuthu Saturday, 23 December 2023 07:34 PM

    Most of us already had this. So we may have already passed a possible peak...


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