You have heard of COVID-19 but now it is worse.

This is the biggest surge we have seen in a while since the first omicron surge in 2021 and 2022.

There is a new COVID-19 strain that has emerged.

What Is The New COVID Variant?

The new COVID-19 strain, JN.1 has officially made itself known. The JN.1 strain is a derivative of the Omicron variant.

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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Unfortunately, it is quickly growing to become the most common variant of COVID-19 in the United States.

Women's Health & The CDC reports that nearly 62 percent of COVID-19 cases in the country, JN.1 is responsible for.

"As of January 5, 2024, JN.1 is estimated to account for approximately 62% (range 55-68%) of all currently circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants, an increase from the estimated prevalence of 44% (range 39-50%) two weeks ago. CDC is also observing an increase in the prevalence of JN.1 in international travelers and wastewater viral levels, as well as in most regions around the globe."

The CDC is using wastewater levels to detect the increases in COVID-19 transmission.

What Are The Symptoms For JN.1?


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that the most common symptoms that you can get from JN.1 or any variant are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing
  • muscle and/or body aches
  • fatigue
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea

What Are the Bizarre Symptoms of JN.1?

While these symptoms haven't officially been named as symptoms yet, many who have contracted the JN.1 variant have reported some symptoms that are new, and worth noting. A new study out of the UK suggests that these are the two new symptoms to look out for:

  1. Insomnia - Most of the time when we're sick, all we want to do is sleep. But, many people are reporting increased trouble sleeping.
  2. Increased Anxiety - As if any of us need that, right? None of us like to be sick, so could it just be increased worry from that?

How To Protect Yourself From New Variant

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The CDC says that the current COVID-19 vaccines are expected to increase protection against the new variant.

They ask for everyone to:

  • Get an updated COVID-19 vaccine
  • Test if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or if you develop respiratory issues
  • Talk to your health provider about treatments
  • Improve your indoor air with a portable air cleaner or opening windows

These COVID Symptoms May Lead to Hospitalizations

Health officials say folks should be on a close lookout for a number of Omicron symptoms that likely mean you need urgent medical care. 

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