New COVID Variant JN.1 Could Disrupt Holiday Plans

Experts are concerned about the rise of a new COVID-19 variant, JN.1, especially as the holiday season approaches. The 2023-2024 COVID-19 vaccine appears to work against this variant, but vaccine uptake is still low. JN.1 is a subvariant of Omicron and is showing up in Europe. Wastewater data suggests it is fueling a new wave of infections. A study suggests that the vaccine helps protect against JN.1 and other new variants. The CDC is urging the public to get vaccinated, and to take mitigation measures like improving indoor circulation and wearing masks in public transportation.

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