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(NEXSTAR) – The BA.2 variant of COVID-19, also known as “stealth omicron,” has become the predominant variant of coronavirus worldwide, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. The Omicron subvariant is currently a worldwide case of coronavirus.
“This is the most contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus we have ever seen,” said Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO COVID-19 leader.
The BA.2 variant has rapidly increased cases of COVID-19 in several countries around the world, including most of China, Australia and Europe, over the past few weeks.
“These increases are occurring despite the decline in testing in some countries, which means that the cases we see are just the tip of the iceberg,” said WHO Director Tedros. Dr. Adhanom Gebreyes said.
Will COVID-19 surge from the BA.2 variant Omicron in the United States?
BA.2 has not yet become dominant in the United States. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it currently accounts for about 23% of COVID-19 cases nationwide.
According to experts, the fact that such a huge spike was seen from another Omicron subspecies BA.1 just a few months ago could protect us from another massive surge. There is sex. Because so many people were exposed between December and February.
Still, that means that about 27% of Americans are not immune – almost 90 million.
People who do not have a COVID booster shot or who are 65 or older are especially vulnerable.
“It’s the group that matters most about serious, serious and fatal illnesses. That doesn’t mean that young people sometimes don’t get to the hospital. It’s not the same percentage,” says Jeffrey Shaman. increase. The Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University told CNN.
Pfizer is seeking permission to provide a fourth shot of the vaccine to the elderly to enhance prevention.
In the meantime, the CDC advises everyone to get the latest information on the COVID vaccine. Being “up-to-date” depends on your age, your health, the type of COVID shot you have taken, and the time elapsed since then. Your last dose.
As long as the virus continues to circulate, it will continue to produce new variants. Some of them are more contagious, avoid immunity, and can prove to be more deadly.
Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director of WHO, said: If it is a community and it is not protected, it will move to the next community immediately. “
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