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How alarmed should you be about omicron subvariant BA.2?

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Another COVID-19 variant is gaining ground, but health experts say this one isn’t cause for alarm.

B-A-2 isn’t actually a variant, but an Omicron subvariant, meaning it’s mostly the same as the last version. It is more contagious, and has been blamed for a rise in cases in countries in Europe and Asia. Community Health Network chief medical officer Ram Yeleti predicts cases will rise here too.

But Yeleti says between the three-point-six-million Hoosiers who have been vaccinated and the thousands who contracted COVID during the Omicron surge the last few months, he expects most cases to be mild, closer to a cold than the illness which flooded hospitals just two months ago. Cases have plunged 98-percent in that span.

Yeleti says the virus is following a typical pattern, mutating into a more infectious but less deadly form to increase its ability to find new hosts. But he cautions the virus still poses a threat to the elderly and those with compromised immune systems. And he says the pandemic’s path remains unpredictable. Vaccination rates in Africa, for instance, are still under 20-percent, giving the virus new opportunities to evolve into a more dangerous version.

360 Hoosiers are hospitalized with COVID-19, the fewest at any point in the pandemic.

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5 comments

Dave Owens March 25, 2022 at 5:48 am

It’s all fear porn is what it is it’s bs , they love scare tactics.

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James Johns March 25, 2022 at 8:07 am

There was NEVER any cause for alarm…fear is a lie!

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Mark Nesbitt March 25, 2022 at 1:49 pm

I would like to know how many deaths over the yearly averages since the new “black plague” has hit must not be many cause no one is talking about it.

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Charles U Farley March 28, 2022 at 10:53 am

None. Last I checked, the average increased by something like 50k globally, which is basically a rounding error.

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John Gee March 26, 2022 at 6:04 am

What kind of variant will be here upon the midterm elections?

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