May 14, 2022 7:32 pm

The advancement of the omicron subvariant in the United States: how many cases are there and in which states

WASHINGTON.- More than 100 cases of the BA.2 subvariant of omicron have been reported in the United States, according to the GISAID virus database. The infections correspond to people living in more than 20 states in the country, including Arizona, California and Texas. According to the Washington media Even News, the Washington State Department of Health reported that two cases of the new subvariant were confirmed in the state.

A coronavirus testing site at Boston Logan Airport on Dec. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Although the BA.2 lineage has recently increased in proportion in some countries, it is still a very low proportion of viruses circulating in the United States and around the world,” said Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Likewise, the scientist commented that the antecedents are still insufficient to know if this subvariant, or “stealth omicron” as it has been baptized, is more or less contagious.

According to Newsweek, cases of BA.2 are still relatively low in the United States compared to Western Europe. In fact in Denmark, the subvariant accounted for just under half of recent national cases according to the State Serum Institute. Cases have also been reported in the UK. The Health Security Agency reported that they have sequenced 426 cases of the lineage, but that there is still little certainty about the meaning of this discovery.

There is nothing that we have seen at this time that raises a high level of concern, but rest assured we are watching and will let you know if there is anything to be interested or concerned about,” said Chicago Department of Public Affairs Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady, as reported by UPI.

Dozens of city residents line up around the block to receive free at-home COVID-19 rapid test kits, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, in Philadelphia.  The current explosion of coronavirus infections caused by the omicron variant in the United States is causing a collapse of basic functions and services _ in the latest illustration of how the coronavirus continues to disrupt lives more than two years after the start of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Dozens of city residents line up around the block to receive free at-home COVID-19 rapid test kits, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, in Philadelphia. The current explosion of coronavirus infections caused by the omicron variant in the United States is causing a collapse of basic functions and services _ in the latest illustration of how the coronavirus continues to disrupt lives more than two years after the start of the pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

In United States, health authorities and the CDC are attentive to new information that may help to understand the effects of this new subvariant. “I don’t think it’s going to cause the degree of chaos and disruption, morbidity and mortality that BA.1 caused,” Jacob Lemieux, an infectious disease specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, told UPI. Specialists from all over the world are attentive to the effects that this new discovery may have.

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