The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States announced on Friday that the “JN1” variant of the coronavirus, responsible for causing COVID-19, accounts for approximately 62% of the disease’s infections in the United States as of January 5th.
According to the CDC, the “JN1” variant has now become the most prevalent type in the United States, Europe, and globally, with infection rates sharply rising in Asia. At present, there is no evidence indicating that this variant causes more severe symptoms. The CDC also added that current vaccines are expected to enhance protection against it.
Hospitalization cases due to COVID-19 increased by 20.4% in the week ending December 30, as reported by the CDC. In December, the World Health Organization classified “JN1” as a “variant of concern” and stated that current evidence suggests low public health risks associated with this variant.