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BA.5 Is Causing Almost 80% of COVID Cases. Here’s Everything We Know

CNET: “A lot of people are getting sick with COVID-19 right now, including US President Joe Biden, who tested positive Thursday as COVID cases and hospitalizations are on the rise across the United States. Official counts of cases are also likely to be big underestimations because of the high number of positive results from at-home tests, which usually aren’t reported.  The current form of the virus driving this summer’s wave is BA.5, an extremely contagious subvariant of omicron. About 78% of current COVID-19 cases are caused by BA.5, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At a White House COVID-19 Response Team briefing last week, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the president’s chief medical adviser, explained how the virus that causes COVID keeps mutating, and that the virus has “essentially bumped one variant off the table after the other,” which has led to a long parade of increasingly contagious subvariants of omicron. BA.5 is the newest, and highly problematic, mutation…”

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