It's been nearly four years since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., and while cases have dropped dramatically, a brand new variant is causing a wide array of symptoms in the Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.

According to U.S. News and World Report, Minnesota is not considered one of the "hot spots" for the new variant, JN.1. However, cases are rising in the Northeast and Southwest parts of the state, with some of the same symptoms as previous variants, along with a few new ones.

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A recent article from Newsweek pointed out some of the symptoms that arise with the new variant, JN.1. Most of these are no different than any other variant we've seen:

  • Fever
  • Dry Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Sore Throat
  • Loss of Taste and Smell
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Body Aches
  • Headache

On top of those, Newsweek is reporting two new symptoms, rarely seen in other Covid variants. These include sleeplessness and anxiety.

It comes after reports emerged in Britain that the new strain—which as of mid-December was estimated to comprise seven percent of cases in the country—may be responsible for causing worry and anxiety, as well as trouble sleeping.

-Newsweek Website

To learn more about the JN.1 variant, check out the article from Newsweek. And to find out more information about COVID cases in Minnesota, see the interactive map from U.S. News and World Report here.

Story Sources: Newsweek Website, U.S. News And World Report Website

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