The latest situation in the coronavirus pandemic… And WHO has broken its silence! Description of Flash XBB.1.5

Creation Date: January 05, 2023 08:21

A new coronavirus sub-variant spreading rapidly in the US is causing concerns. While hospitalizations increased after XBB.1.5, flash statements came from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Coming into our lives in the last months of 2019 coronavirus (Kovid-19) has claimed millions of lives around the world.

The virus, which causes us to leave many of our habits behind, continues to change its shell, so to speak.

While many countries decided to relax after the more contagious but less lethal Omicron variant, the world is once again alarmed by the news of XBB.1.5.

It is estimated that more than 40 percent of Covid cases in the US are caused by XBB.1.5. This makes it the dominant species in the country. In recent weeks, hospital admissions due to Covid have increased across the USA.


The vryant that emerged in India is spreading rapidly in the USA. The expected statement from WHO regarding the variant, which caused the increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations in the country, finally came.

The World Health Organization has warned that XBB.1.5 is the ‘most contagious’ Covid variant ever.

WHO Speaking on behalf of Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said at a press conference on Wednesday;

‘We are particularly concerned about the growth advantage in some countries in Europe and the USA.’

“XBB.1.5 has rapidly replaced other variants in circulation,” said Van Kerkhove, and continued his words as follows;

‘Our concern is how contagious it is… and the more this virus circulates, the more opportunities there will be for it to change.’

Experts, on the other hand, underline that initial investigations show no indication that XBB.1.5 is more deadly than previous dominant variants.

With over 1 million deaths in the Corona epidemic, the USA is the country with the highest number of deaths, followed by Brazil and India.


The symptoms of XBB.1.5 are thought to be similar to previous Omicron subtypes, but it is too early to confirm this. Most people show cold-like symptoms.


Professor Wendy Barclay, of Imperial College London, says she’s not particularly worried about the vaccinated population.

But he is concerned about the impact on vulnerable people, including those who are immunocompromised, who are less likely to benefit from Covid vaccines.


Andrew Pekosz, a virologist at Johns Hopkins University, said that XBB.1.5 appears to evade a high degree of immunity, as it has an additional mutation that allows it to bind better to cells.

Pekosz made the following statements in a statement to CNBC;

‘The virus needs to attach tightly to cells to be more efficient at getting in, and this may help the virus be a little more efficient at infecting humans’

Despite the rapid spread of the variant in question, Mahon said, XBB.1.5He said there was little indication that .