The CDC reports that XBB.1.16, or ‘Arcturus,’ accounts for nearly 10% of all new cases of COVID-19
The CDC has identified a new COVID-19 variant known as XBB.1.16 or “Arcturus,” which is responsible for nearly 10% of new COVID-19 cases. This variant has been reported in several countries, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
According to the CDC, the Arcturus variant appears to be more transmissible than the original strain of the virus and may be more resistant to existing vaccines. However, more research is needed to fully understand the impact of this variant on vaccine efficacy.
Public health officials are urging individuals to continue following COVID-19 safety guidelines, such as wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and getting vaccinated when possible. Additionally, they recommend that individuals monitor local health advisories and follow the guidance of healthcare professionals.
As with other COVID-19 variants, ongoing surveillance and research will be necessary to monitor the spread and impact of the Arcturus variant. The CDC and other public health organizations will continue to provide updates and recommendations as new information becomes available.