What are our current knowledge about the new Omicron mutant?
It is a descendant from the super-contagious “stealth micron” and has rapidly gained popularity in the United States.
According to data, 29% of COVID-19 new infections in the United States were caused by BA.18.104.22.168 last week. This was according to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It was also responsible for 58% of all reported infections in New York.
It has been found in at most 13 countries. The highest concentrations have been detected in the U.S. Scientists believe it spreads faster than stealth micron.
According to Eli Rosenberg, New York state’s health director, cases are increasing in areas with higher levels of the BA.2.12.1 variant. This could indicate that it is out-competenting others.
According to Kirsten St.George, director of virology at New York’s Wadsworth Centre Laboratory, it appears that a similar pattern will likely be observed nationally.