With the possible threat of the new COVID variant entering the country, we are reminding everyone to take health precautionary measures such as frequent hand washing, coughing etiquette, avoiding crowded situations, and getting in contact with people experiencing flu-like symptoms to avoid catching the virus and weakening the immune system.

“FLiRT” as dubbed by researchers, describes the amino acid changes in the spike protein of the COVID-19 virus, specifically from phenylalanine (F) to leucine (L), and from arginine (R) to threonine (T).

While there is no evidence yet of this variant causing severe to critical COVID-19, it is best that we remain vigilant and prepared.

Stay safe and healthy, mga Kasubay!

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