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Omicron’s New Versions Drive Up COVID Cases

For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. As the US hovers around a once-unfathomable milestone, 1 million deaths from COVID-19, cases and hospitalization rates are rising across the country. Newer, more contagious versions of the omicron variant are responsible for the current rise. While numbers are still…

Omicron Sublineages

Omicron Sublineages Evade Immunity From Past Infection

May 2, 2022A South African study based on blood samples found that the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-lineages of Omicron were more likely to evade antibodies produced by previous Omicron infections than the immunity provided by vaccinations.Scientists took blood samples from 39 people infected with Omicron, with 24 people not vaccinated and 15 vaccinated with the…

Omicron Subvariants

Omicron subvariants BA.4, BA.5, and BA.6 evade protection against earlier omicron infections

Various variants — Data suggests possibility of new infection wave, though vaccination boosts protection. Beth Mole – May 2, 2022 10:44 pm UTC Enlarge / A COVID-19 testing tent stands in Times Square on April 27, 2022, in New York City. Enduring an initial omicron infection may not spare you from omicron’s subvariants, according to…

Omicron Subvariants

2 New Omicron Subvariants Being Tracked

April 12, 2022The World Health Organization is analyzing a few dozen cases of two new sub-variants of the Omicron strain to determine how infectious and dangerous they might be, according to Reuters.The agency said it added BA.4 and BA.5 to its monitoring list because of their “additional mutations that need to be further studied to…

Omicron Stealth

Stealth Omicron Now Dominant COVID Variant in U.S.

March 29, 2022The so-called stealth Omicron variant is now the dominant COVID-19 strain in the United States, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Also known as BA.2, the strain comprised nearly 55 percent of domestic coronavirus cases for the week ending March 26.The variant, which has been seen in higher…

Omicron Watch

Watch: Omicron Subvariant is Nothing to Sneeze at, Explains KHN’s Public Health Expert

Dr. Céline Gounder, KHN editor-at-large for public health, discusses that new omicron subvariant, how to know if your runny nose is spring allergies or covid-19 (that’s hard!), and the debate over whether Americans will need a fourth vaccination. March 25, 2022 We encourage organizations to republish our content, free of charge. Here’s what we ask:…

Omicron Subvariant

A Variant of Concern

The health officials are focusing on BA.2, the subvariant of Omicron. They classified this variant as a “Variant of Concern” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health organization. It is also called “Stealth” Omicron due to its genetic mutations which make it hard to distinguish it from the variant Delta…

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The 4 Best Face Masks for the Omicron Variant, According to a Doctor

We’re more than two years into the Covid-19 pandemic at this point, and despite the fact that mask guidelines have been relaxed virtually everywhere across the country, the disease is still raging, especially when it comes to the extra-contagious Omicron variant. The good news about Omicron, which first surfaced toward the end of 2021, is…

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Omicron COVID Causing Severe Croup in Young Children

FRIDAY, March 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) –The Omicron COVID-19 variant can cause croup in young children, including severe cases that require hospitalization and intensive care, a new study shows. “The relatively high hospitalization rate and the large number of medication doses our COVID-19 croup patients required suggests that COVID-19 might cause more severe croup compared…

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Omicron wave was harsh on children; hospitalization rates were 4X higher than delta’s

COVID and Kids — Incidental cases do not account for the jump in hospitalizations, the authors found. Beth Mole – Feb 15, 2022 11:29 pm UTC Enlarge / Boston Medical Center Child Life Specialist Karlie Bittrich sees to a baby while in a pediatrics tent set up outside of Boston Medical Center in Boston on…