Spread of the latest COVID-19 variant XBB.1.5

A new variant of COVID-19 is spreading across the United States, causing some concern in New Mexico. The variant is called XBB.1.5 and is a sub-variant of Omicron. dr Jason Mitchell is the Chief Medical Officer of Presbyterian Public Health. dr Mitchell said: “We assume this is contributing to our COVID illnesses. It’s taking control and we’re seeing it spread across the United States.” Now, XBB.1.5 affects COVID-19 cases in our state. “It’s a subvariant of Omicron. There are some spike protein differences that make it unique and highly transmissible,” said Dr. mitchell As of early December, only 2 percent of cases in the US were due to XBB.1.5. Now it makes up more than 27 percent statewide and more than 70 percent of cases in the Northeast.” According to CDC data, it looks like this variant made its way to New Mexico, likely in early December. It’s now estimated to be about 17% of cases here,” said Dr. mitchell Now hospitals in our state like Presbyterian are preparing for surge in COVID-19 cases due to XBB.1.5. “All of these variants cause hospitalizations and death, especially in unvaccinated people. So we assume that this contributes to our COVID illnesses,” said Dr. mitchell XBB.1.5 is a subvariant of Omicron, so Dr. Mitchell that our Omicron booster vaccines are still effective against it. dr Mitchell said: “The bivalent booster shot remains effective and reduces your risk of hospitalization and death from COVID. So it’s still very effective.’ Mitchell says vaccine vendors will continue to modify booster shots to target the most prevalent variants of COVID-19, as they did at Omicron.

A new variant of COVID-19 is spreading across the United States, causing some concern in New Mexico. The variant is called XBB.1.5 and is a sub-variant of Omicron.

dr Jason Mitchell is the Chief Medical Officer of Presbyterian Public Health. dr Mitchell said: “We assume this is contributing to our COVID illnesses. It’s taking control and we’re seeing it spread across the United States.”

Now XBB.1.5 affects COVID-19 cases in our state.

“It’s a subvariant of Omicron. There are some spike protein differences that make it unique and highly transmissible,” said Dr. mitchell

As of early December, only 2 percent of cases in the US were due to XBB.1.5. Now it accounts for more than 27 percent nationwide and more than 70 percent of cases in the Northeast.

“According to CDC data, it looks like this variant entered New Mexico, probably in early December. It is now estimated that this is about 17% of the cases,” said Dr. mitchell

Now hospitals in our state like Presbyterian are preparing for surge in COVID-19 cases due to XBB.1.5.

“All of these variants cause hospitalizations and deaths, particularly in people who are unvaccinated. So we assume that this contributes to our COVID illnesses,” said Dr. mitchell

XBB.1.5 is a subvariant of Omicron, so Dr. Mitchell that our Omicron boosters are still effective against it.

dr Mitchell said: “The bivalent booster vaccine remains effective and reduces the risk of hospitalization and death from COVID. So it’s still very effective.”

dr Mitchell says vaccine providers will continue to modify booster shots to target the most prevalent variants of COVID-19, as they did at Omicron.

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