New ‘Pirola’ Variant Emerges In Ireland, Raises Concerns Over Fatigue

Dublin, November 19, 2023 – A novel COVID-19 variant, identified as BA.2.86 and dubbed ‘Pirola,’ has surfaced in Ireland, with 27 confirmed cases as of November 13. Originating in Israel in August, Pirola has made appearances in Denmark, the UK, the USA, and South Africa, albeit with lower case numbers compared to other strains.

The Pirola variant is characterized by severe fatigue, overshadowing traditional symptoms like fever and loss of smell. Patients experiencing Pirola-related fatigue are advised to contact the Health Service Executive (HSE) immediately, resuming contact with others only 48 hours after symptoms subside. Those testing positive for Covid-19 are urged to self-isolate for five days.

Simultaneously, the Aeris variant (Eris-EG.5) continues its spread in Ireland, with 1,144 confirmed cases reported by November 13, marking a surge of 365 cases since November 1. Vigilance and adherence to health guidelines remain crucial as Ireland grapples with the dual challenge of Pirola and Aeris variants.

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