Experts are saying that ‘stealth Omicron,’ otherwise known as BA.2 isn’t something to worry about yet.
BA.2 has been accounting for for growing number of COVID-19 cases., only proving itself to be more contagious than BA.1.
Here’s what the experts are saying about BA.2
Dr. Jacob Lemieux, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston gave his statement regarding BA.2. Additional details are available here.
Lemieux said that he doesn’t think “it’s going to cause the degree of chaos and disruption, morbidity and mortality that BA.1 did.”
To clarify, BA.1 is the original Omicron variant.
He also said that he is “cautiously optimistic that we’re going to continue to move to a better place and, hopefully, one where each new variant on the horizon isn’t news.”
Isn’t there more than one subvariant?
Yes, BA.2 and BA.3 have both been identified. Denmark, the United Kingdom, Singapore and India have seen the most cases with BA.2 and BA.3 subvariants.
As of right now, they are being monitored and studied by scientists.