New COVID Variant HV.1 Emerges: A new type of COVID called HV.1 has been spreading through the US. It is an omicron subvariant that spreads very easily. It was first seen in the late summer. It quickly passed other Covid versions, such as EG.5, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in October. In December, 30% of new COVID-19 cases in US people were caused by this virus. It started to spread in the US in November 2021. A SARS-CoV-2 family tree from the CDC shows that HV.1 is related to omicron XBB.1.9.2 and a straight descendant of EG.5.
New COVID Variant HV.1 Emerges: What are the signs of having HV.1?
The new HV.1 virus is very common, just like other COVID types. It was also said by the CDC that changes often make it easier for new types to spread more quickly. The following is not a complete list of all the signs of HV.1, but they are similar to those of other types:
- Feeling sick or feverish
- Make a noise
- Not being able to breathe or having trouble breathing
- Feeling tired
- Pain in the muscles or body
- Head hurts
- Having a new loss of smell or taste
- Throat hurts
- Headaches or a runny nose
- Feeling sick or vomiting
- Having diarrhea
Why do experts say that HV.1 is bad?
Virologist and professor at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine William Schaffner, M.D., said, “You can almost think of HV.1 as a grandchild of omicron.” Viruses in the COVID family like to change. Today says, “We’ve all learned that by now.” “One thing about this whole omicron family is that they are very easily passed on.”
“Congestion, sore throat and dry cough seem to be the three most prominent symptoms right now,” Schaffner continued. “The virus seems to produce a kind of a chronic bronchitis, so that you can have a cough syndrome that lasts beyond the period where you’ve recovered from other symptoms.”
“By milder, we mean it doesn’t require hospitalization even though you can feel quite miserable for several days,” Schaffner added. “The only way to distinguish (COVID-19) from RSV and flu, both of which are now gaining steam, is by testing. We have treatments that can prevent more serious disease.”