The ‘stealth’ version of omicron is now estimated to be responsible for about one in three COVID-19 infections in the country and one in five COVID-19 infections in Virginia, health officials say.
Fairfax County health officials say that although the COVID-19 Community Level for the Fairfax Health District remains low, they anticipate the BA.2 subvariant will continue to increase.
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the share caused by BA.2 is up significantly. The CDC reported last week that the variant accounted for about 35% of new infections. In the Northeast, it was about half.
BA.2 has lots of mutations and is harder to detect than the original version of omicron.
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