Could the new BA.2 variant cause another surge? A medical expert explains

Could the new BA.2 variant cause another surge? A medical expert explains

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Key Facts

  • Researchers from the UK and Denmark have found BA.2 causes a level of hospitalization that's comparable to that of BA.1, which is less likely to result in severe illness than the previously dominant Delta variant.
  • While vaccination may not protect as well against infection with BA.1 and BA.2, the effectiveness in that regard is partially restored with a booster dose, and the vaccines continue to provide very good protection against severe illness due to both Omicron subvariants.
  • What all of this says to me is that public health experts should follow the rise of BA.2 in the US closely, but that most people should not be worried.
  • A better strategy is to make sure to get the vaccine and booster so that if you were to encounter BA.2 (or another variant of Covid-19), you are as well protected as possible.

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