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3 Signs the BA.2 Variant is Surging in the U.S.
BA.2 accounts for the majority of U.S. COVID-19 cases and because of its high transmissibility risk, health authorities predict a new surge is coming. While we only have a partial picture of what’s to come with BA.2, health officials are watching out for three signs of a new surge.
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How Will We Know When COVID Has Become Endemic?: 5 Tell-Tale Signs
While the virus’ move towards endemicity is beginning, we’re not quite there yet. So how will we know when endemicity has come to fruition and we can begin resuming our normal activities? Scientists reveal five tell-tale signs.
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Omicron BA.2 Variant Cases Rising in the U.S.: Should We Expect a New Surge?

It seems that COVID-19 is making a comeback with a new variant, BA.2. A subvariant of Omicron, BA.2 introduced itself at the end of January 2022 with half of U.S. states registering a handful of cases. Fast forward to two months later, BA.2’s impact is becoming more evident, accounting for 35% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.

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Data Shows Mask Mandates in Schools Reduced COVID-19 Transmission by 72%
A group of researchers led by Duke University epidemiologist Danny Benjamin conducted a study on COVID-19 transmission rates in kindergarten to grade 12 public schools around U.S. districts. They found that schools with mask mandates in place had a significantly less COVID-19 transmission rate — 72% less, to be exact, which is about one-fourth the rate of schools with partial, optional, or no mask policies.
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