January 03, 2023
Heading into 2023, a new dominant COVID-19 subvariant has emerged in the U.S.
The latest report from the CDC indicates that the XBB.1.5 variant accounts for more than 40 percent of U.S. cases. The Omicron variant had been gaining traction during recent weeks heading into the winter holidays.
“Regarding XBB, experts are watching a subvariant called XBB.1.5 that was detected in New York and has a mutation that has been linked to immune escape,” the Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy noted. “Scientists suspect that XBB.1.5 has a growth advantage over BQ.1.1.”
Here’s what you need to know:
HAP strongly encourages everyone to stay up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations and to get a flu shot this winter. Additionally, you can help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses this winter by staying home when sick, washing your hands, and following the CDC’s public health precautions.
HAP continues to monitor the latest COVID-19 public health developments and will provide updates.
The latest CDC variant tracker is available online.
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