COVID-19: How Omicron variants are proliferating –Study

*Three COVID-19 vaccine shots provide the strongest protection, say researchers

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Omicron variants are proliferating, report finds

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed just how fluid the Omicron variants can be.

Recently, the BA.2.12.1 Omicron subvariant became the dominant strain infecting Americans.

This week, two newcomers – BA.4 and BA.5 – are emerging as the strains that are spreading the fastest. Researchers submitted that the latest subvariants are not only highly transmissible, but they have a stronger ability to reinfect.

Researchers also say the new Omicron strains are spreading more quickly in some parts of the U.S. than others.

The BA.2.12.1 strain hit the Northeast very hard in March.

Now, Midwestern states like Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri are seeing cases rise from BA.4 and BA.5.

Study promotes three shots for the best protection

For the best protection against the coronavirus, a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) recommends three shots of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The study found equal results for three shots of the same vaccine or a mixture.

The study is significant because it is the largest conducted on vaccine combination effectiveness.

It analysed data from more than 100 million people, and scientists say it confirms the number of doses needed to boost immunity.

The researchers found that three doses of any mRNA vaccine appear to provide the highest level of protection against non-severe COVID-19 infections.

It was also most effective in reducing COVID-19 hospitalisations.

According to COVID-19 ‌tally‌, compiled‌‌ ‌by‌ ‌Johns‌ ‌Hopkins‌ ‌University,  the total‌ ‌confirmed‌ ‌cases in United States (US) 84,263,093 with total‌ ‌ ‌deaths: estimated at 1,007,254.

Likewise, total‌ ‌global‌ ‌cases are put at 530,311,334 and total ‌global‌ ‌deaths at 6,293,630.

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