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New COVID strain sees symptoms overlapping with flu

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The COVID-19 Global Health Emergency may have concluded in May 2023, but the emergence of new variants, including the recent Eris strain, keeps health professionals vigilant.

Initially discovered in China in February, the Eris variant, described as a “cousin of the Omicron virus” it became the predominant strain in the U.S. by April.

Notably, this variant manifests classic COVID symptoms, including fever, chills, and fatigue. However, gastrointestinal issues like upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting are now also frequently reported among infected individuals.

Those who had the 2022 COVID Bivalent booster remain shielded against this variant. Meanwhile, anticipation builds for the 2023 COVID booster, expected in late September.