Summer Plans? Omicron Subvariant Says Not So Fast…
The Democrats have had to give up a lot of control since the pandemic waned. All of a sudden, people are able to go wherever they please – and without a mask. Even the most liberal of cities and states have lifted mask mandates and social distancing rules so that people can have their American freedoms back.
Oh, but wait.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into society, there’s an Omicron subvariant rearing its ugly head. And some researchers say that it could pose a problem for us here in the United States.
Across the globe, we’ve seen some COVID infections soar as people try to return to normal. Even cruise cases have increased – and you need proof of vaccinations to get on board.
Most countries have accepted the rise and fall of COVID cases as part of life now. The UK, for example, has said that they’re not planning on going into lockdown again. They’ve been there, they’ve done that, and people have the masks as souvenirs.
Omicron Subvariant BA.2 is the official name that is causing some concern in the various health communities. What is it and should we be worried?
Well, so far, Dr. Fauci hasn’t poked his head out of hiding to tell us how worried we need to be. So, either he’s not concerned, or he’s realized the hard truth that no one cares what he thinks about it.
BA.2 has become the dominant strain in the U.S. – particularly in heavily populated areas like New York City. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that as of March 19, there was a 13” increase in COVID cases over the prior week – and the subvariant was responsible for approximately 35 percent of those cases.
The symptoms for the subvariant are similar to what you’ve grown accustomed to with COVID-19. This includes everything from fever to cough to diarrhea. There are a few other symptoms that are particularly associated with omicron and its subvariant, including fatigue, congestion, and a runny nose.
Is there any way to know for sure that you have the subvariant? Not unless you go into the hospital for some serious testing. You’ll pop positive for COVID with any of the home testing kits that you can get, so that will tell you everything you need to know about the need to quarantine away from others.
Since the subvariant has so many symptoms as allergies and the common cold, most people don’t realize they have it. This, of course, leads to it spreading to more people.
Dr. Rachael Lee, an associate professor of infectious disease said, “We will have to wait and see what exactly that means” regarding the symptoms and what people should do. Her advice is to stay hydrated.