BA.5, a novel subvariant of the omicron variant of COVID-19, has been found in the United States and numerous other nations.
It is rapidly spreading and very contagious.
The prevalence of BA.5 in the United States accounted for 65 percent of new infections in the previous week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It is also the most prevalent strain of the COVID-19 virus at the moment.
The sub-variant is the only strain of the virus that the CDC has designated as a “variant of concern.”
BA.5 is also the predominant strain of COVID-19 in New Jersey.
Here’s all you need to know about the most recent strain of omicron, as well as the symptoms to look out for.
What are the symptoms of the COVID BA.5 subvariant?
BA.5′s symptoms, like those of other COVID-19 variations, can vary greatly depending on age and other health conditions.
BA.5 does, however, share symptoms with other omicron subvariants.
BA.5′s symptoms, according to Dr. Sandra Adams, a biologist and virologist at Montclair State University, “are similar to those of upper respiratory infections, such as runny nose, sore throat, headache, fever, persistent cough, and exhaustion.”
“The symptoms are extremely similar to the BA.2 and BA.4 variations,” Adams noted. “The BA-5 variation appears to avoid antibody protection from past infections and vaccinations, making it more transmissible.” BA.5 can avoid neutralizing antibodies induced by prior Omicron versions due to the alterations. Vaccines and prior infections, on the other hand, continue to give protection against major disease.”
It is currently too early to tell whether BA.5 produces significantly different symptoms than the COVID-19 variations that came before it, but “loss of taste or smell” was quite unusual in prior versions of COVID-19.
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According to NBC News, there has been anecdotal evidence of people losing their sense of smell as the number of BA.5 cases has increased.
How can I safeguard myself against the BA.5 subvariant?
Get vaccinated if you are 6 months of age or older and have not received your main round of immunizations, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
If you are 5 years old or older, the CDC suggests getting a booster vaccination if you are eligible.