New BA.2 variant: Is it spreading? What’s next for COVID?
New BA.2 variant: Is it spreading?  What’s next for COVID?

New BA.2 variant: Is it spreading? What’s next for COVID?

Experts in infectious diseases continue to worry about the more contagious version of the omicron variant, BA.2.

What happens: That BA.2 subvariant of the omicron variant continues to spread throughout the United States.

  • The prevalence of BA.2 has been slow and stable.
  • Omicron variant COVID-19 cases continue to decline.
  • “The fear is that the spread may be about to accelerate rapidly in the near future,” according to NPR.

What they say: “Many of us assumed that it would quickly pick up speed in the United States, just as it did in Europe and become the new dominant variant,” Nathan Grubaughtold an associate professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health NPR.

Potential danger: New laboratory experiments in Japan found that the BA.2 variant has a number of features that can lead to severe COVID-19 symptoms, which I reported to Deseret News.

The bigger picture: As COVID-19 cases dwindle, people across the United States are wondering what will happen next in the pandemic. There are hints of normality around the corner. But experts are still concerned that more varieties could spread throughout the population.

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