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Unveiling FLiRT: The New Covid-19 Variant Spreading Rapidly

A new variant of the Covid-19 virus, known as FLiRT, has surfaced and is causing concern among health organizations worldwide. This variant has emerged even after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the pandemic contained. Despite this declaration, the virus has continued to evolve, with FLiRT being the most recent variant detected.

The potential spread of these new, highly contagious strains is causing significant worry. Even though the vaccination process is complete in many places, booster shots are being recommended in some cases to lessen the severity of symptoms if infection occurs. Recent research by Johns Hopkins University has revealed that the FLiRT variant has appeared in the United States, accounting for approximately 28% of the total reported cases in 2024, even surpassing the JN.1 variant.

The FLiRT variant is confirmed to be part of the omicron family, which includes other strains such as KP.2 and JN.17. The symptoms associated with FLiRT are similar to those of other Covid-19 cases, including headaches, body aches, and loss of smell and taste. However, this variant is particularly notable for its higher transmission rate, and symptoms can appear up to five days after infection.

While current vaccines do provide protection against the FLiRT variant, there are concerns that their effectiveness could decrease with new mutations. There is anticipation that this new variant could lead to a significant surge in Covid-19 infections globally. However, as of now, no cases of infection have been recorded.