CDC map shows where it is spreading

There is another new subvariant of omicron that is spreading rapidly across America, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The new strain known as BA.2.12.1 is a subline of subvariant BA.2. Here’s what you should know about BA.2.12.1 as its proliferation continues.

  • What is BA.2.12.1? It is a subline of the BA.2 subvariant of COVID-19. These subvariants are offshoots of omicron, which the CDC lists as a variant of concern (VOC).
  • What is an affected variant? It’s a variant that scientists have identified as more concerning than typical variants. The CDC Are defined a VOC like this: “A variant for which there is evidence of increased transmissibility, more severe disease (e.g., more hospitalizations or deaths), a significant reduction in neutralization by antibodies generated during previous infection or vaccination, there is reduced effectiveness of treatments or vaccines or diagnostic errors.”
  • Is BA.2.12.1 more transferrable? NBC News reports the underline is 23% to 27% more transmissible than the previous one.
  • Does BA.2.12.1 cause a more serious condition? The good news is no, it doesn’t appear to be the case at the moment.
  • How common is BA.2.12.1? According to CDC data, as of April 16, 2022, BA.2.12.1 accounts for an estimated 19% of all cases in the United States. (Note that these percentages are based on agency data nowcast tool and may change with future estimates.)

While BA.2.12.1 currently accounts for 19% of new cases in America, the subline has been catching on faster in different regions of the country. So the spread of BA.2.12.1 is piling up across the country.

  • New York/New Jersey Area: BA.2.12.1 accounts for over 52% of cases
  • Upper Northeast: includes states such as Massachusetts and Maine. BA.2.12.1 accounts for over 20% of cases
  • West Coast: includes California, Washington and Oregon. BA.2.12.1 accounts for over 8% of cases.
  • South-East: includes states like North and South Carolina. BA.2.12.1 accounts for over 23% of cases.
  • South Central: includes states like Texas and New Mexico. BA.2.12.1 accounts for only 1.6% of cases.
  • South: includes states like Florida and Alabama. BA.2.12.1 accounts for over 19% of cases.
[Source Images: CDC] CDC map shows where it is spreading


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