The World Health Organization (WHO) designated another COVID-19 variant this month - the “mu” or “B.1.621.”
Here's a quick idea of what we know so far.
Where has it been detected?
The first variant was detected in Columbia in January 2021 where cases continue to rise. It has been since identified in more than 39 countries, not including Singapore at the time of writing.
Is it a concern right now?
The mu is not an immediate threat right now but authorities are keeping a close eye on it. Currently, Mu variant accounts for less than 1 percent of the variants, Delta strand accounts for more than 90%.
Its potential to escape immune protection is what people are concerned about as laboratory data has shown that this variant can evade certain antibodies, among those who have been vaccinated. However, there is still a lack of clinical data in real people to demonstrate this.
Viruses change all the time and some mutations may or may not have an impact to how it spreads or its properties.
Mu continues to be monitored by WHO and our local authorities, while mores studies are underway to evaluate it.
If you have not been vaccinated or have a family member or friend who has not been, please book an appointment for your COVID-19 Pfizer BioNTech vaccination at our clinic.
From 18 August 2021, all eligible Singaporeans, Permanent Residents and Long-Term Pass holders aged 12 years old and above can walk in to Intemedical Clinic for first dose vaccination. Vaccination is free for these groups.
Getting your Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine at Intemedical Clinic
Before your visit - Book your appointment through https://www.vaccine.gov.sg/ and select Intemedical Clinic (Kovan) - Both doses must be taken at the same centre - Appointment times are between 1pm - 9.30pm
At your visit - Bring proof of your identification (Eg. NIRC/Passport) - Patients <18 years of age will require parental consent - Patients between 12-13 years of age will need parent/legal guardian to come along - Set aside about 1 hour for the visit including 30 minutes of observation time
After your vaccination - Remember to book your appointment for your 2nd vaccination - Rest and hydrate. Take medications for symptomatic relief for common side effects such as pain over the injection site or fever. If your fever lasts more than 2 days, consult a doctor. - Avoid alcohol for 2 days. Avoid vigorous exercise for 1 week.
Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/09/03/mu-coronavirus-variant-explained/ https://www.straitstimes.com/world/the-mu-covid-19-variant-what-is-it-and-why-is-it-of-interest-now