Another contagious COVID variant has health officials in New York State worried.

A new COVID variant HV.1 emerged and spreading rapidly.

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The HV.1 COVID variant is now the leading cause of COVID in the United States.

The latest data from the CDC says the new variant accounts for over 25 percent of all new COVID cases, more than any other variant currently circulating.

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The new variant is considered the grandchild or “great-grandchild” of Omicron.

More Contagious Variant of Covid

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According to the CDC, mutations often allow a new variant to spread more easily.

“The COVID family of viruses likes to mutate. We’ve all learned that by now," Dr. William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center told TODAY. "One of the characteristics of this entire omicron family is that they are highly transmissible."

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Most Common Symptoms for New Covid Variant

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Congestion, sore throat and dry cough are currently the most common symptoms of HV.1. Below are the most common symptoms:

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  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches
  • Headache
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Congestion or stuffiness

A doctor told NBC symptoms typically start with a sore throat which is typically followed by congestion or a runny nose.

These Omicron COVID Symptoms May Lead to Hospitalizations in New York

These are symptoms you should pay attention to.

These Omicron COVID Symptoms May Lead to Hospitalizations in New York

Health officials say New Yorkers should be on a close lookout for a number of Omicron symptoms that likely means you need urgent medical care. 

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Doctors urge all to continue to update themselves with the latest COVID vaccine.

“There have been laboratory studies that have shown that the immune response generated by the updated vaccines are able to neutralize some of the more recent COVID variants,” Matthew Binnicker, the Director of Clinical Virology at Mayo Clinic, told AARP.

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