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KRAKEN: experts have highlighted that the XBB. 1.5 “sub-lineage” of the Omicron variant is not any more dangerous than the Omicron variant, which is already less lethal than the original strain of COVID-19. However, the Kraken does have a “growth advantage” which could become dominant in the UK, experts added.

In America the Center for Disease Control (CDC) believes that around 28 per cent of COVID cases in the US in the first week of January were a result of XBB. 1.5. COVID hospital admissions in the US have increased, leading to the government renewing its free testing initiative.

With borders open between the US and the UK and the new COVID variants potentially spreading, it’s important to remember that we still need to be vigilant in protecting ourselves and our teams.

One of the most effective ways to protect ourselves and others is through testing.

While the legal requirements for COVID testing may have reduced, the benefits of screening are still very valid. Testing can help identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus, who may unknowingly spread the disease to others. It can also help prevent outbreaks in workplaces and communities by identifying infected individuals early on and isolating them to prevent further spread.

Here at Circular1, we understand the importance of testing in this current climate. That’s why we are still here to help protect your teams. We offer a range of COVID testing options to suit your needs, including rapid antigen tests and PCR tests.

Our team of experienced professionals will help you navigate the testing process and ensure that you and your team are safe and protected. In addition to testing, we also offer a range of other services to help keep your team safe. 

As we continue to navigate this challenging time, it’s more important than ever to stay informed and take the necessary steps to protect ourselves and our teams. With the help of companies like ours, we can continue to keep our communities safe and healthy. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about how we can help you and your team stay safe in the face of this latest variant.