Colorado has been dealing with some pretty major concerns over viral infections recently. 

In particular, we’ve become the ninth state to have cattle infected with bird flu. In particular, dairy cows have largely been affected.

While plenty of experts have stated that pasteurized dairy products are safe for human consumption, the concern is over people who drink and consume raw dairy. 

However, Colorado could soon be hit by a new variant of COVID-19 at any time. In fact, it may already be here.

New COVID Variant, Nicknamed FLiRT, Will Soon Be Affecting Coloradans

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As we have passed the four year mark since the start of the pandemic, new variants of COVID continue to affect Coloradans.

This new variant has been called KP.2, but has been given the name FLiRT as well. The nickname comes from protein mutations within the virus itself.

FLiRT has become the dominant variant of the virus, with it now being the cause of nearly 25% of all COVID cases.

According to The Hill, however, the symptoms are not necessarily too different from other variants of the virus.

It more so will be the virus that will be spreading and infecting people at a higher rate this summer. 

Has FLiRT Already Made Its Way to Colorado?

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While it is likely that FLiRT is already in Colorado to some degree, the numbers are not reflecting an increase in cases just yet.

In fact, COVID cases in Colorado are levels that are similar to the beginning of the pandemic, when people first began isolating.

Sure, this can be a good sign, but it is also worth noting that hospitals are no longer required to report COVID cases, so those numbers may be inaccurate.

It is predicted that this summer, there will be another spike in COVID cases, particularly due to the FLiRT virus. However, only time will tell if that will be the case.

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