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Two New Omicron Variants, BA.4 and BA.5, Detected in the U.S. Suspected to Evade Immunity

New and more relevant COVID-19 variants are coming to light, namely, BA.4 and BA.5. Both subvariants of Omicron, current predictions point to these two new strains being more transmissible than BA.2 and having the capability to evade immunity from vaccines and prior infection

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CDC Says Omicron BA.2 Variant is Spreading Fast in the U.S.
While it hasn’t been declared a variant of concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is concerned about the transmissibility of the most recent COVID-19 variant, the Omicron BA.2.
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Hong Kong Study Finds That BA.2 COVID-19 Variant is More Severe for Children

Researchers in Hong Kong studied the severity of the BA.2 variant among a small number of children who were hospitalized for the most recent COVID-19 strain. They found that children who were hospitalized with the BA.2 variant were 18 times more likely to be admitted to the ICU and seven times more likely to die compared to those hospitalized with the flu.

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