While experts better understand these new strains, Dr Bruno Silvester Lopes, Lecturer in Microbiology, Teesside University, said it’s important to note all variants show similar symptoms.
One symptom to look out for, listed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), is a rash.
The professor said the rash can occur on the chest, stomach or back and is not itchy. He added: “It can look similar to hives.”
A hives rash can be raised bumps or patches in many shapes and sizes, according to the NHS.
It was first identified in Luxembourg, and has now been seen in the UK, across Europe and the US.
Dr Lopes previously told Express.co.uk: “The JN.1 variant has specific mutations which helps it to evade the human immune response.”
The HV.1 strain has evolved from EG.5, also known as the Eris variant, which is closely related with XBB.1.5 – a sub-variant of Omicron. HV.1 is predominantly being found in the US at the moment.
Symptoms of the new variants largely mirror those seen throughout the pandemic. But Dr Chris Papadopoulos, Principal Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Bedfordshire, has recommended looking out for some specific signs.
- Nasal congestion
- Runny nose