Infectious Disease Doctor Explains Omicron BA.2 Variant Concerns



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The Omicron BA.2 variant or 'Stealth Omicron' is making its way around the United States and may soon become the dominant COVID-19 strain in the country. Do current vaccines and natural immunity offer protection against the new variant? And will this latest variant cause a spike in COVID cases in the U.S.? Keith Armitage, MD, infectious disease physician and Medical Director, UH Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine & Global Health explains the level of concern for this new SARS-CoV-2 variant.

0:00 What is Omicron BA.2?
0:16 How does BA.2 rank in terms of being more contagious, more serious and being able to evade vaccine efficacy?
0:52 Why do we think we'll see an increase in cases?
1:55 The Omicron wave helped with natural immunity.
2:12 Why the elderly and those at high-risk should consider getting vaccinated if they have not yet done so.

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