5 Things To Know About The BA. 5 COVID-19 Variant

July 24, 2022 7:15 pm Published by

As the United States and the world continue to battle the three year old global pandemic of COVID-19 the sub-variant of the disease that is currently the most common in the United States is a variant of the Omicron disease known as BA.5.

Research and knowledge continues to grow around the COVID-19 virus and with each passing variant that is introduced scientists and health care providers learn more about how to handle the disease, even as it mutates into new variants. Since the BA. 5 variant has been the dominant variant in the U.S. for a while now there are some things that have been learned about it.

Here are 5 things that will be helpful to you in keeping yourself and your loved ones safe from this newest variant.

1.) The BA. 5 sub-variant now accounts for the majority of cases in the United States.

2.) The best protection against the new variant is to be fully vaccinated and those who have already been infected by COVID-19, are showing the best protection against the variant.

3.) If you are over the age of 50 years old, getting a second booster against the variant improves your protection according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

4.) Reinfection can occur, even just a few weeks after your first infection, but there is no research to determine how common a reinfection is.

5.) The most severe infections of the COVID-19 virus, including ALL sub-variants continue to be in those that are not vaccinated at all.

The same rules apply when trying to keep yourself safe against the BA. 5 sub-variant of COVID-19. Wear a mask indoors, avoid crowded gatherings, and if you are infected quarantine for 5 days with symptoms. If you have questions, contact a medical provider to help you better understand the potential risk of this new variant.