COVID Variants: How Many Are There?

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From Alpha to Omicron, here’s what you need to know about COVID variants!

The coronavirus has significantly impacted the world since its outbreak in 2019. While vaccines have been developed and distributed around the world, the virus continues to mutate, posing a real issue for public health officials worldwide.

The days of standing six feet apart and sanitizing Amazon packages may feel like they are behind us (and, truth be told, they are), but the SARS-CoV-2 virus (the one causing COVID-19) continues to evolve. In 2023, the world is still fighting the pandemic. This is mainly because viruses constantly change and adapt.

With so many COVID variants, it’s normal to wonder how many are there, their symptoms, and who is at risk. Ahead, infectious disease specialists explain the evolution of the virus and the latest variants of concern.

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