Emerging group of “FLiRT” COVID-19 variants spurs online conversations

Based on early data, the emerging COVID-19 subvariant KP.2, a type of “FLiRT,” appears to be more infectious than the previously dominant JN.1 variant. Experts believe the variant may cause a rise in infections that will be less severe than previous surges. Although some social media users speculated that the variant may be tied to upcoming U.S. elections, most posts were simply sharing information about KP.2.

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