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October 21, 2022

As Halloween approaches, murmurs of another "nightmare" COVID variant on the way are spooking reporters and Wall Street analysts alike. The new variant is called XBB, and it's already triggering a new wave of infections and hospitalizations in some south Asian countries, including India and Singapore. XBB is just one of "multiple more-immune evasive Omicron subvariants on the rise around the world," infectious disease expert Dr. Celine Gounder, a Senior Fellow at the Kaiser Family Foundation, told Insider. But "among the new variants, XBB has the most significant immune evasion properties," market forecasters at Morgan Stanley said Thursday in a memo.Experts say we should expect many more infections this fall and winter, including infections in vaccinated, boosted Americans. But there are some simple things you can do to prepare to battle XBB and other evasive COVID variants on the horizon.Story by Hilary Brueck.Read more at the link in our bio.(Credit: Brandon Bell/Getty Images, Our World In Data/Johns Hopkins University CSSE COVID-19 Data)
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