BA.2 coronavirus variant detected in Louisville waste water

WRAPS TOMORROW. SENATE DEMOCRATS ARE CONFIDENT THEY HAVE ENOUGH YOUR TETO APPROVE HER NOMINATION. AFTER WEEKS OF DECLINE NEW COVID CASES ARE STARTING TO LEVEL OFF IN THE .US CARAY: HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS OMICRON VARIANT BE A TWO IS RAPIDLY SPRING AND PARTS OF ASIA AND EUROPE AND NOW MAKES UPOR ME THAN A THIRD OF REPORTED CASES IN THE . >>WE ARE SEEING AN UPTICK OF COVID CASES IN THE WASTEWATER, THE SEWAGE WATER SO WE KNOW THERE’S AN INCREASING TREND IN ITS MISSION IN THE COUNTRY. THE REAL QUESTION IS DOES IT TRANSIENT TO SEVERE DISEASE, HOSPITALIZATION AND ATDE CARAY:

Highly contagious BA.2 coronavirus variant detected in Louisville: What we know about it

An extra-contagious version of the omicron variant that has been rising in parts of Europe and Asia has now been detected in Louisville.According to Louisville Metro Health, the new variant BA.2 has been found in wastewater.BA.2 has caused about 35% of cases in the US last week, up from 22% the week before, according to new estimates from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which were posted on Tuesday. Here’s what we know about BA.2 so far BA.2 is technically classified as a part of the omicron family of viruses, but genetically this strain is very different, with about 40 mutations separating it from its cousin, BA.1. That makes it about as distinct from the original omicron as alpha, beta and delta were from each other. It is more contagious than omicron’s BA.1, which was already an extremely contagious virus with a basic reproduction number, or R-naught, of about eight, according to William Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health, which means that a single infected person could be expected to transmit the disease to an average of eight others.Though BA.2 is more contagious, it does not appear to cause more severe disease. And though it escapes some of the immune protection created by vaccinations and prior infections, it doesn’t seem to do so any more than BA.1.Read more here.

An extra-contagious version of the omicron variant that has been rising in parts of Europe and Asia has now been detected in Louisville.

According to Louisville Metro Health, the new variant BA.2 has been found in wastewater.

BA.2 has caused about 35% of cases in the US last week, up from 22% the week before, according to new estimates from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which were posted on Tuesday.

Here’s what we know about BA.2 so far

BA.2 is technically classified as a part of the omicron family of viruses, but genetically this strain is very different, with about 40 mutations separating it from its cousin, BA.1. That makes it about as distinct from the original omicron as alpha, beta and delta were from each other.

It is more contagious than omicron’s BA.1, which was already an extremely contagious virus with a basic reproduction number, or R-naught, of about eight, according to William Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health, which means that a single infected person could be expected to transmit the disease to an average of eight others.

Though BA.2 is more contagious, it does not appear to cause more severe disease. And though it escapes some of the immune protection created by vaccinations and prior infections, it doesn’t seem to do so any more than BA.1.

Read more here.

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