It must be election time again, because the CDC is back to fearmongering about a new Covid variant.

Dr. Mandy Cohen, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued a new notice for the COVID “Pirola” strain and advised people experiencing symptoms to cover up.

Respiratory viruses commonly cause illness such as flu, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), especially in the fall and winter. There are actions you can take to protect yourself and others. Learn about how to reduce your risk of getting sick from these viruses, and if they are spreading in your community,” the CDC stated.

The CDC issued an updated COVID alert on Friday.

JN.1, a variant of the virus that causes COVID-19, is a closely related offshoot of the variant BA.2.86 that CDC has been tracking since August. JN.1 is currently projected to comprise 15-29% of circulating variants and continues to grow quickly compared with other variants. Its continued growth suggests that it is either more transmissible or better at evading our immune systems. At this time, there is no evidence that JN.1 presents an increased risk to public health relative to other currently circulating variants, and CDC is closely monitoring COVID-19 activity and JN.1 spread. The increase of this variant does not alter CDC’s COVID-19 recommendations, meaning that vaccines, tests, and treatments continue to work well against JN.1.

According to CDC Director Cohen, flu and RSV cases are on the rise.

“And Covid is starting to increase again after being stable for the past few weeks. We are also seeing increases in pneumonia cases which can increase this time of year,” Cohen said.

“To protect yourself this holiday season, take the steps that we do every year to protect ourselves. Get your updated Covid and flu vaccines and your RSV vaccine if you’re over 60,” she added.

Mandy Cohen, of course, urged people to wear masks.

“And use additional layers of protection like avoiding people who are sick. Washing your hands, improving ventilation, and wearing a mask,” she said.

Most importantly, protect yourself from government propaganda. Always have a skeptical mind, do your own research, and think for yourself.


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