A new omicron subvariant has been found but researchers believe that it is contagious. But the good news is that the BA.2 subvariant is not that harmful to vaccinated individuals. As per a Danish study, people who are vaccinated will not transmit this variant to any other person even if it is highly contagious.
BA.2 Subvariant Updates
This subvariant is currently spreading at a faster rate in Denmark and people initially worried about another wave.
If we look into numbers, there were 39% chances for BA.2 to spread whereas BA.1 had only 29% chances. On January 19th, the World Health Organization confirmed that the omicron strain is still dominant worldwide, thus contributing to a high percentage of cases every day.
The University of Copenhagen and the Danish Health Ministry created a team of talented scientists who conducted these studies. Now, other institutions have also done their research but they still didn’t make any submissions.
Before making the publishing available for the public, they are reviewed by the experts. This is done in order to avoid any chaos amidst the pandemic.
What Do the Reports Have to Say?
It is said that BA.2 is comparatively more contagious when compared to the BA.1 strain. It is recorded amongst both vaccinated as well as unvaccinated people. In fact, the transmission rate is significantly higher compared to any other covid variant.
So, Shall We Be Concerned About This?
According to the studies, the BA.2 variant is infecting both the vaccinated and unvaccinated people but there is a slight difference. The unvaccinated people feel like they are having viral fever and they will spread it. But vaccinated people can catch it but they might not feel it and there aren’t any chances of transmission.
In addition to that, the vaccinated crowd who even took booster ads are less likely to spread the virus and it is not a matter of concern.
The scientists said, “This indicates that after a breakthrough infection, vaccination protects against further transmission, and more so for BA.2 than BA.1.”
Now, all those who have been skeptical can call vaccinations to be effective.
As this BA.2 variant has a high transmission rate, scientists are hoping that the spread will be at an extensive rate. This will especially be evident among the schools as well as daycare since the kids are still not vaccinated.
But scientists also assured that it is milder and less harmful than delta. It is the vaccines that will keep the crowd safe against hospitalizations and even anything serious.
As of now, there are as many as 194 confirmed BA.2 variant cases in the U.S. This variant had been recorded in more than half of U.S. states. Even though it is at a low rate, the transmission speed is a new threat.
Is the U.S. Safe Against This Variant?
Denmark has already reported around 46,000 new cases every day and the cases have gone up by 18%. Now, only 1000 people are admitted due to covid and this provides a sigh of relief. On the other hand, around 19 covid deaths are recorded every day.
Over 80% of citizens in Denmark are fully vaccinated plus over 60% got a booster dose. But if you consider the numbers of the US, only 63% are fully vaccinated and 41% got a booster dose. So, will the U.S. see another wave of covid?
WHO officials have already warned us that new variants will rise. The technical lead of WHO, Maria Van Kerkhove said, “The next variant of concern will be more fit, and what we mean by that is it will be more transmissible because it will have to overtake what is currently circulating,” “The big question is whether or not future variants will be more or less severe.”
Pfizer and Modern along with other vaccines saved the lives of millions of people. Pfizer is also making clinical trials of a specific omicron vaccine that will be effective on 18 to 55 years old individuals.
We hope that this pandemic session comes to end soon and the world gets back to normalcy.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the chief medical advisor of WHO and White House said, “I would hope that that’s the case. But that would only be the case if we don’t get another variant that eludes the immune response of the prior variant.”
Honestly, we do hope the same!