Subvariant concept

As the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, so does the emergence of new notable subvariants. As reported by Fox News, the latest subvariant, JN.1, is projected to be responsible for between 15 and 29 percent of total cases as of data from Dec. 8 from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Experts note that the JN.1 variant has many similarities to BA.2.86, which became prevalent in August of last year. While the continued growth of the variant indicates an improved ability to evade immune systems, there are no indicators that it’s more severe than other recent variants of COVID-19. Infection prevention experts added that the vaccines currently available to the public are effective in providing protection and minimizing any symptoms of the disease. 

An increase in cases over the holidays has been expected and is in-line with a typical COVID-19 cycle — one that tends to peak in the late summer, subside a bit and then peak again after the holidays. For related news, check out the latest flu season update here.

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