3 Early Omicron Subvariant COVID-19 Symptoms You Should Know About

The latest subvariant of Omicron SARS-CoV-2, dubbed BA.2.12.1 by scientists, is on track to become the most virulent strain currently in the United States.
A surge in new cases is being linked to common symptoms associated with this highly contagious variant, which may be indistinguishable from other seasonal conditions this spring.
Leading experts say you should take 3 upper respiratory symptoms seriously and test for COVID-19 sooner rather than later.
In this article you will learn: Common symptoms related to BA.2.12.1 strain; a full list of possible COVID-19 symptoms; Is the latest Omicron subvariant spreading faster than others?; And how to prevent infection by BA.2.12.1 strain.
A new subvariant of the omicron strain of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that leads to a COVID-19 diagnosis, has overtaken previous variations (including "stealth" omicron) and is probably the most viral variant here in the United States . According to data collated by officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the viral subvariant — which has not yet earned an informal nickname, but scientists have labeled BA.2.12.1 — accounted for 43% of the overall COVID-19 cases in the US, a big jump from the 7% spotted in early April.
Government officials are scrambling to gather new information about how current vaccines stack up in protecting Americans from the spread of BA.2.12.1, alongside its genetic properties that distinguish it from other SARS-CoV-2 viruses. This particular subvariant is the most contagious of the Omicron collection of viruses, as the third iteration of Omicron first began proliferating breakthrough COVID-19 cases late last fall.
Susan Huang, M.D., the medical director of epidemiology and infection prevention at UCI Health in Orange County, points out that the current data available to healthcare providers suggests that this latest omicron subvariant is highly contagious. "This variant is about 25% more contagious than the original Omicron variant that hit the US last fall -- and appears to account for about 40% of current cases," she tells Good Housekeeping.

dr Huang adds that hospital admissions have remained low — and that may be because Americans are simply unaware they are dealing with a real SARS-CoV-2 infection. "It's clear that the disproportionate share of infections are those that are survived at home," she says. "It is highly anticipated that a more targeted vaccine for current variants will be needed in the fall."
What kind of symptoms does this highly contagious variant exhibit, you might be wondering? BA.2.12.1 cases come at a time when springtime allergies are affecting many Americans, making it critical to identify potentially misleading symptoms and consider COVID-19 testing earlier. Read on to learn more about the latest Omicron subvariant and its most common symptoms.
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