BA 2.12 COVID-19 variant: Doctors warn of new sub omicron variant wave
BA 2.12 COVID-19 variant: Doctors warn of new sub omicron variant wave

BA 2.12 COVID-19 variant: Doctors warn of new sub omicron variant wave

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Some doctors warn of a summer wave of COVID-19 cases.

Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of Baylor College National School of Tropical Science, says new sub omicron variants have been identified. He says the BA 2.12 variant is considered to be the most contagious variant yet.

“It looks like we’re heading for a full-blown wave that could be almost as big as omicron in terms of the number of new cases,” Hotez said in an interview from home after recently testing positive for COVID. “BA 2.12 is the mother of all varieties in terms of transferability. It’s getting up there with measles. Have respect for it, because it can come and get you.”

He says that the COVID databases nationally may not get the full extent of the increase in cases we experience.

“A lot of people, like myself, do antigen testing at home and report it to their doctor. But it’s not necessarily counted by state and federal agencies. So we’ve always had the undercount of the number of cases, probably by a factor of four. I’m worried now , it’s more like a factor of 10 or 20, “Hotez said.

Head of Infectious Diseases at UT Health Houston, Dr. Luis Ostrosky, said they are concerned about this increase in cases.

“Two sub omicron variants that are considered to be more infectious than omicron itself. But with this one, we know that there is cross-protection immunity with omicron,” Ostrosky said. “We’re done with COVID, but COVID is not done with us. It’s there. It’s real. It actively infects and kills people.”

Ostrosky says he expects an immunity cut.

“Where we suddenly lose immunity and we have this variant in circulation and we can get re-infected,” Ostrosky said.

Although it is a matter of concern, the potential long-term effects of the virus, including on children who are currently testing positive for hepatitis.

“There’s a new hypothesis out there that previous COVID infections primer your immune system. And then co-infection with a new virus creates these antigens, which are also common with liver antigens. And you get this kind of this autoimmune hepatitis related to it. previous COVID infection, “Ostrosky said.

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