Unfortunately, the COVID pandemic seems to be back in business with an improved arsenal. The Omicron subvariant BA.5 is now under the spotlight, as it’s spreading across the US and Europe, becoming the dominant COVID strain. To make matters worse, BA.5 even makes the coronavirus spread faster from person to person.
Therefore, acting cautiously and taking good care of our health represent the least we can do to hinder the spread. The symptoms can vary from person to person, but still, they can be identified.
BA.5 shares the same symptoms of upper respiratory infections
Nj.com reveals what Dr. Sandra Adams from Montclair State University has to say for NJ Advance Media, revealing that the symptoms of the BA.5 subvariant of Omicron “are like those of upper respiratory infections, such as runny nose, sore throat, headache, fever, persistent cough and fatigue.”
Dr. Adams also added, as nj.com also quotes:
“The symptoms are very much like the symptoms of the BA.2 and BA.4 variants,
“The BA-5 variant is more transmissible because it appears to evade antibody protection from previous infections and vaccines. The mutations allow BA.5 to escape neutralizing antibodies elicited by previous Omicron variants. However, vaccines and previous infections still provide protection from serious disease.”
About a week ago, Marco Cavalieri, a senior official at the EU medicines agency, raised the alarm about a new COVID wave hitting many countries of the EU. He said that the BA.5 and BA.4 mutations would become dominant in Europe. He even believes that it’s possible for these strains to replace all the other coronavirus variants until the end of July.
Worldometers.info reveals that yesterday, over 94,000 infections with COVID were reported in the US. On the same day, Germany reported over 123,000 infections, according to the same source.