New COVID Variant Hits U.S. Does Anybody Care?

Coronavirus is back and causing trouble again. Photo by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Coronavirus is back and causing trouble again.

A new hybrid version of COVID-19, dubbed the XBB strain or Gryphon, may be the “most anti-body evasive strain tested,” according to recent research. That means vaccinations may not protect you (which is no surprise to many) and having antibodies from a previous COVID infection my not protect you. If you look at the common symptoms, which include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, it sounds like the flu. Only the loss of smell or taste is would be an obvious COVID tell.

This latest mutant version of the virus is not yet the predominant strain in the U.S., but it reach that status this winter. Probably a good idea to keep your eye on it.

Published 11/18/2022. View full article.