A report claims that the BA.2 Omicron, COVID-19 subvariant, which is a subvariant of the Omicron variant, can manifest different symptoms than the original strains.
As per KREM 2 News, health officials have reported that they have seen an increase in dizziness and fatigue as symptoms of BA.2 Omicron. These symptoms that were also reported by those suffering from omicron include sneezing, coughing, sore throat and other symptoms that are similar to those reported by individuals suffering from a cold.
Known as the “stealth” omicron due to its ability to evade certain tests, BA.2 Omicron was found to be 30% more transmissible than the original variant, but its severity does not appear to be any higher than the original variant. A growing number of cases of BA.2 in the United States have been reported although it is not widespread in all 50 states despite being blamed for a growing number of cases internationally.
For the week ending February 19, BA.2 Omicron Variants caused approximately 4% of the COVID cases in the United States. It is also possible to become infected with BA.2 Omicron after being infected with the original omicron strain (also known as BA.1), but research shows that someone who has been exposed to omicron earlier may be more protected.
To combat COVID-19 and its variants, the Centers for Disease Control recommend vaccination as the best tool available to public health. There is a vaccine available for adults and children aged 5 and older. There is also a booster vaccine for adults and children aged 12 and older.