How Bad Is the BA.5 COVID Variant, Really?

If you got COVID recently, chances are good that it was BA.5, currently the dominant strain in the U.S.

White House coronavirus coordinator Ashish Jha, said vaccines, booster shots and antiviral treatments are effective against the BA.4 and BA.5 variants. (Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post)

“Do it now.”

Those 5 and older should get their first booster five months after their initial vaccinations.

with only 28 percent of those 50 and older having received their second booster dose

Where did BA.5 come from?

The original Omicron strain was BA.1. It was then followed in the U.S. by BA.2. Now, BA.2 is declining while BA.5 (and its close cousin, BA.4) are on the rise.

Biden officials urge use of booster shots, antivirals against BA.5

Many people infected with omicron earlier “really don’t have a lot of good protection against BA.4 or BA.5,” said Anthony S. Fauci

Kids as young as 6 months old -- are now eligible for a shot. However, WRAL Data Trackers are finding out, very few are taking advantage.

For kids-please?

For those 50 and older,

50 and older who have received one booster dose is four times the risk for those who have had two or more booster shots,  

Biden officials push to offer second booster shot to all adults

BA. 5 that evade some immune protections and have increased the risk of reinfections.

Where is the prevention?

Are we wearing Masks?

Are we keeping distance?

Scene at a staion.

We need to be serious and take precautions?