BA.2 variant of COVID: These are the symptoms to look out for

The spread of COVID-19 is nowhere near what it was during the peak of the omicron variant over the winter, but the highly transmissible BA.2 subvariant of the omicron variant is here and cases are rising.

BA.2, also referred to as the stealth omicron subvariant, is now the dominant strain in the US

There are some symptoms of the BA.2 variant of COVID-19 that differ from past variants of COVID-19, including its parent strain.

Here’s what you need to know.

What are the COVID symptoms of BA.2?

The main symptoms of the original omicron variant — including a cough and runny nose — still persist in the BA.2 subvariant.

These are the symptoms of BA.2 that healthcare providers are reporting, according to the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, UC Davis Health and Yale Medicine:

  • Headache
  • sore throat
  • body aches
  • Severe fatigue

What are symptoms not commonly seen in BA.2 cases of COVID?

The following symptoms of previous COVID-19 strains are not seen in BA.2 cases:

  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell
  • Shortness of breath

How do I protect myself from the BA.2 subvariant?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), get vaccinated if you are 5 years of age or older and have not gotten your primary series of vaccinations.

If you are 12 years of age or older, the CDC recommends a booster shot if eligible.

Those 50 years or older and those with compromised immune systems can get a second booster shot, too.

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