The BA.2 variant of COVID has been around for plenty of time already. Known better as a subvariant of Omicron, BA.2 is known to be very contagious as well. Experts are now raising awareness about a possible uptick of infections in the US due to BA.2, according to CNBC.com.
The US is the most affected country in the world by the coronavirus pandemic, as the stats themselves reveal. Worldometers.info informs that the country has reported a total of more than 81.4 million infections and a death toll that surpasses 998,000 souls. But unfortunately, although the US is now reporting relatively low numbers of those affected by COVID, the BA.2 variant is expected to cause another uptick.
BA.2 is 50-60% more transmissible than Omicron
Dr. Anthony Fauci, who’s one of the most vocal experts when it comes to COVID, says that the BA.2 variant of the coronavirus is somewhere around 50 to 60% more contagious than Omicron. However, he still brings some relatively good news.
Dr. Fauci declared for ABC’s “This Week” show:
It does have increased transmission capability,
However, when you look at the cases, they do not appear to be any more severe and they do not appear to evade immune responses either from vaccines or prior infections.
A few days ago, the World Health Organization (WHO) compared the recent COVID outbreak from many parts of the world as the “tip of the iceberg.” The Director-General, Mr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, released a harsh statement but perhaps a reasonable one as well, as WebMP.com quotes:
Each country is facing a different situation with different challenges, but the pandemic is not over,
I repeat, the pandemic is not over.
In the end, perhaps only time will tell for sure what we can all go through regarding the future of the COVID pandemic.