According to latest nowcast data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the BA.2 omicron subvariant of COVID-19 is now the dominant strain in the United States. As of April 2, 2022, the BA.2 variant accounts for 72.2% of all cases in the country. While this total is only expected to increase in the coming weeks, as of now, BA.2 is more dominant in some areas of the country than others.
Here are the areas of America most affected by BA.2, as well as the latest symptoms to watch out for as the variant continues to spread.
Areas with the highest BA.2 prevalence
According to CDC Nowcast data, these are the areas in the US where BA.2 is most prevalent:
- Northeast: This includes states like New York and Maine. BA.2 is catching up 84% of the cases.
- West Coast: these include California, Washington and Oregon. BA.2 is catching up 75% of the cases.
- South-East: This includes states like North and South Carolina. BA.2 is catching up 67% of cases.
- Middle West: This includes states like Missouri and Illinois. BA.2 is catching up 67% of cases.
- South central: This includes states like Texas and New Mexico. BA.2 is catching up 66% of cases.
- South: This includes states like Florida and Alabama. BA.2 is catching up 59% of the cases.
BA.2 Omicron symptoms
According to the CDC, BA.2 symptoms include:
- fever or chills
- to cough
- shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- muscle or body pain
- New loss of taste or smell
- sore throat
- congestion or runny nose
- nausea or vomiting
It has also been reported that people infected with BA.2 report more intestinal problems. But, a blog post from ZOE, which conducts Covid-19 studies, says the increase in reports of gut problems are not necessarily related to BA.2 infections.
“[W]When we looked at the PCR test results reported in the app, we made an interesting observation. While a significant proportion of people reporting GI symptoms tested positive, we also saw an increase in the proportion of people with these symptoms who tested negative. “And there was a similar pattern in the results of the lateral flow tests. This suggests that while Omicron may be associated with GI symptoms, the rates are no higher than Delta. One or more other types of belly bugs are likely to be circulating in the community at this time.”
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