The Emergence of New COVID Variant Raises Concerns as
Autumn Approaches 

The autumn of 2020
still lingers fresh in people’s minds when the world was shaken by the outbreak
of the coronavirus. It seemed like life was coming to an end. Cities worldwide
were locked down, and people became fearful of one another. Now, once again, the
autumn season is approaching, and a new variant of the coronavirus, known as
5-EG, or ERIS, is causing concern worldwide. It is said to be related to the
previous “Omicron” variant. However, while the World Health
Organization has not declared this variant as highly dangerous, it is
categorized as a “Variant of Interest,” which means it should not be

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Will the coming Winter face COVID again? 

The University of Glasgow’s Centre for Virus Research,
during the global pandemic of COVID-19, played a significant role in monitoring
new strains of the disease. Professor Massimo Balmarini, the head of this
center, states that although the current situation is not highly alarming, it
is essential to continue monitoring this virus. If this vigilance is
discontinued, predicting which variant of the virus may spread more rapidly and
become more concerning to others will become difficult. Obtaining accurate data
on COVID cases has become more challenging. 

In Scotland, public health
officials report only the number of patients with COVID and those admitted to
hospitals in their weekly statistics. From this data, it is evident that there
has been a significant increase in the number of patients since the beginning
of July, but it does not tell us how COVID-19 is spreading in society. Dr.
Antonia Ho, an expert in infectious diseases at this research center, says that
we are not well informed about what is happening in the community, and
large-scale testing is not currently being conducted. Monitoring patients is
crucial for identifying new strains of this virus. Likewise, we can develop
vaccines for prevention.