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The COVID-19 virus continues to spread and mutate, with a new strain called XBB.1.5, nicknamed Kraken, attracting attention due to its high transmissibility. It has emerged in 29 countries so far and was responsible for 41% of all infections in the US by the end of December. There is limited data on the severity of the variant and its ability to cause severe disease or death, but it has shown signs of immunity escape, meaning it may be able to evade natural immunity or vaccine protection. There are concerns that China may not be providing enough information on the variant and its potential impact on the country. The World Health Organization plans to release an updated assessment on the risks of XBB.1.5 in the coming days.
Maintaining good health is important for protecting against COVID-19, including the new variant. One important way to support your health is by eating a nutritious diet and staying physically active. Eating a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and proteins can help boost your immune system and give your body the nutrients it needs to stay strong. Regular physical activity, such as going for a walk or jog, can also help improve your overall health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. In addition to eating a healthy diet and staying active, it is important to also practice good hand hygiene, wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and stay home if you are sick to protect against COVID-19.