What is the IHU variant? Is it worth worrying about?
Scientists and experts in France are keeping their eyes on the new IHU COVID-19 variant that has emerged in recent days.
However, the IHU variant has not been found in countries outside of France. It has not been labeled a variant of concern by the World Health Organization, either.
What are the symptoms of the IHU variant? Per Business Insider, the variant appears to be more transmissible, which means it could infect more people. Otherwise, it’s unclear if the variant has specific symptoms other than traditional COVID-19 symptoms.
News of the IHU variant drummed up this week after a traveler in France tested positive for a COVID-19 variant. But this variant may have been seen before. In November, I reported for the Deseret News that 24 people in a French school in October 2021 were infected with a variant called B.1.X or B.1.640, which appears to be the same variant.
A fast-spreading variant like delta or omicron will often overtake smaller variants since it will infect more people and cause immunity, stopping other variants from spreading.
Eric Feigl-Ding, a well-known epidemiologist, said on Twitter that variants pop up all the time. So more research will be needed to find out more about the IHU variant.
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