Infectious Disease Experts are Advising Precaution as the New COVID XBB Subvariant Spreads

Doctors are urging the public to wear masks in crowds and to get vaccinated as the XBB subvariant now accounts for half of all COVID cases in New England. Just two weeks ago, the XBB variant accounted for only 11% of cases in the region.

A
ccording to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), XBB.1.5 accounted for 40.5 percent of cases in the county by the end of December. That’s an increase of 21.7% from the week prior.

“Obviously, XBB.1.5 is very, very contagious, because it seems to be outcompeting some of the other variants,” says 
William Schaffner, MD at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee.

Dr. Shira Doron of Tufts Medical Center says the sudden increase in XBB is striking. "I wasn't expecting it because it had been smoldering on the chart for a while."  



The symptoms of the newest omicron subvariants are quite akin to those of the prior versions of omicron, 
according to NBC News.

Common indicators of the omicron subvariants include:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Hoarse voice
  • Runny nose
  • Nasal congestion
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches

Unlike prior variants like Delta that affected the lungs, omicron and its subvariants tend to cause more upper respiratory symptoms which can include congestion, sore throat and changes in taste and smell.

Health experts and doctors agree that new COVID XBB subvariant precautions and measures need to be taken in order to control the spread.

Schaffner urges everybody to get their 
COVID-19 vaccines up to date, including the new bivalent booster shots. “They may not protect against mild infections but they certainly protect against severe disease,” said Schaffner.

"If you're traveling in crowded areas or on airplanes, it's a good time to be wearing a mask," said Dr. Richard Ellison, an infectious disease expert at UMass Memorial.

To ensure you and your loved ones stay safe, we highly recommend stocking up on KINGFA KN95 face masks.

KINGFA is the best KN95 face mask on the market with the new GB2626-2019 
KN95 standard. GB2626-2019 KN95 masks certify easier breathability at the same high filtration level.

As the original melt-blown manufacturer, KINGFA applies its high standards and vast industry knowledge to offer the best KN95 mask available. KINGFA KN95 face masks are made of 5 layers with 2 non-woven outer layers as well as 2 melt-blown inner layers and a non-woven middle layer to absorb small moisture particles.

The use of premium materials ensures the mask will not lint or tear, while the specially designed inner facing improves comfort. The soft elastic ear loop design can help to fit different human faces and the adjustable nose bridge clip provides a secure fit for better protection. KINGFA KN95 face masks are also skin-friendly, odorless, fiber-glass free and latex-free.

Get the KINGFA KN95 mask today - available in black and white.

Be sure to check out Planet Halo Health for all your face mask and PPE needs. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for weekly special deals, coupon codes, and new products.

 

 

 

Hyperlink: GB2626-2019 KN95 Masks