CDC tracks new COVID variant EU.1.1

Courtsey: cbsnews.com

CDC recently tracked a new variant, EU.1.1, a strain that evolved from XBB.1.5. Traces of increased protein mutations are responsible for Europe's recent spike in cases.

CDC ESTIMATES EU.1.1 AT 1.7% OF U.S. CASES OVERALL, BUT UP TO 8.7% IN COLORADO, MONTANA, NORTH DAKOTA, SOUTH DAKOTA, UTAH, AND WYOMING. UTAH LEADS IN SEQUENCING EU.1.1 WITH NEARLY 100 CASES REPORTED.

Health officials find little evidence of previous variants altering COVID-19's effects. Evolving immunity may influence symptom variations, complicating reports.

A consortium of modelers predicts lulls in COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in warmer months for the next two years, with subsequent fall/winter peaks unlikely to surpass previous records.

The impact of EU.1.1 on symptoms in the U.S. is uncertain at this early stage. Further investigation is needed to determine if new or different symptoms may emerge

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