Medical Expert Brings Great News About the New BA.2 Variant of COVID

Medical Expert Brings Great News About the New BA.2 Variant of COVID
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The Omicron variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is concerning enough, as it spreads across the world faster than other strains. However, it causes significantly fewer cases of severe disease, which is great. But there’s a newer variant out there of the coronavirus that makes many to worry: BA.2, which is actually a subvariant of Omicron.
BA.2 is already present in at least 49 countries, and the USA is among them. Scientists would surely like to learn much more about BA.2, and Dr. Leana Wen, a CNN Medical Analyst, comes to provide some explanations, as revealed by the famous publication itself.

“We shouldn’t worry”

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Dr. Wen believes that we should just remain cautious and keep an eye on new information as it comes out. Worrying is not an option. The doctor also said as CNN quotes:

Here’s what we know about BA.2. Given how quickly it has spread and even displaced the very contagious original Omicron variant, known as BA.1, in some places, this new subvariant appears to have an even higher rate of growth. There’s no evidence that it causes more severe disease than the original Omicron, which has been associated with milder illness than previous variants like Delta.

The doctor adds that according to preliminary studies from the UK, those individuals who have chosen to get vaccinated with three doses for COVID will benefit from the same level of protection against the BA.2 variant as they do against BA.1, meaning the original Omicron variant.

Dr. Wen explains that the original Omicron variant is still dominant in the US, as it accounts for over 99% of the new infections with COVID. If a patient wants to know what variant is he infected with, it’s a bit complicated, as that is possible only through sequencing. Most people who get infected with COVID don’t find out what variant they have.

Feel free to read the full interview on CNN!


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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