What to know about the ‘kraken’ COVID subvariant – Chicago Tribune

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Medical experts say the new subvariant of COVID-19 dubbed “kraken” is the most contagious version of the virus to emerge since the pandemic began, and it is becoming the dominant strain in the United States.

As cases of this latest subvariant, known as XBB.1.5, rise in the Northeast section of the nation, local doctors are urging Chicago-area residents to get their booster shots and stock up on COVID tests. They are predicting that a wave will soon hit the Midwest.

While the “kraken” variant only accounts for about 7% of cases in Chicago, the city’s top physician forecast that its prevalence will likely increase here in the coming weeks.

Read the full story from Angie Leventis Lourgos from the Tribune.

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