what if the “worst variant” was actually in the US?

People walk past Covid-19 testing sites in New York. EDUARDO MUNOZ / REUTERS

THE CONTROL PROCESS – That’s the idea “ironically” mentioned by a University of Minnesota researcher about the XBB.1.5 subvariant that’s taking off across the Atlantic.

It is on its way to becoming the majority in the United States. On the other side of the Atlantic, the Omicron XBB.1.5 sub-variant makes its mark. According to the latest data from December 31, 2022 published by the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this represents 40.5% of the viruses sequenced nationwide. Almost 15 points ahead of the majority subvariant in France, BQ.1.1 (26.9% of sequences in the US). In certain areas of the eastern part of the country, especially in New York, XBB.1.5 even accounts for 75% of the viruses present.

This subvariant is said to berecombinant“, as well as the set of variants whose name begins with “x“. “That is, it comes from the combination of two virus strains», explain to Figaro Antoine Flahault, epidemiologist and director of the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva. XBB.1.5 originates from XBB.1, and already comes from XBB”identified particularly in Singapore and India», remember this epidemiologist. It all stems from…

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