BA.2 Variant Symptoms: Does BA.2 Have Unique COVID Symptoms?

The BA.2 variant of the coronavirus does not appear to have many unique symptoms of COVID-19 compared to earlier coronavirus variants.

Driving the news: Dr. Robert Quigley, infectious disease expert and senior vice president of International SOSa major medical and security services company, told Deseret News in an email that it was unclear what symptoms people might be experiencing based on the data so far.

  • Preliminary data suggests the BA.2 strain is becoming a more dominant strain of the coronavirus and can spread 1.5 times faster, he said.
  • “Since we’re in the early stages of this new variant, it’s hard to say which symptoms are unique to this particular strain,” Quigley said.

Symptoms: The BA.2 variant “is likely to cause mild symptoms in fully vaccinated people, while those who are not may have more severe symptoms,” Quigley said.

The bigger picture: Symptoms of the new subvariant of the omicron variant could be mistaken for spring allergies right now because they tend to be milder, experts said recently. CBS News.

  • Dr. Celine Gounder, clinical assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, said CBS News that people should get a COVID-19 test if they are worried about their sniffles, a cough or a stuffy nose.
  • “So you have these symptoms, just get tested,” she says.

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