New IHU variant on CDC’s radar but currently not a concern

Nonetheless, health officials do not appear overly concerned about [the] emergence [of the COVID-19 variant, dubbed IHU].  “It is not a cause for panic but is worth keeping an eye on, given what we know about the unpredictable nature of highly mutated viruses,” Bernadette Boden-Albala, founding dean of the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health, told BioSpace. “The best thing you can do to protect yourself and others is to get vaccinated/boosted, continue wearing well-fitting masks, and practice physical distancing.”