New symptoms + dangers of Omicron BA4, BA5?

New symptoms + dangers of Omicron BA4, BA5?

Take a look at the viral warnings about the new symptoms and dangers of the Omicron BA4 and BA5 variants, and find out what the facts really are!

Claim : New symptoms + dangers of Omicron BA4, BA5!

This warning about the new symptoms and dangers of the Omicron BA4 and BA5 variants has gone viral on WhatsApp and social networks.

It’s pretty long, so feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

International news, the epidemic has become serious again in the United States, so experts want everyone to know the following two things.

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New symptoms + dangers of Omicron BA4, BA5?

TRUE : New Symptoms + Dangers of Omicron BA4, BA5

This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS circulating on WhatsApp, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1: Omicron infections still confer immunity

the viral message falsely He claims that Omicron infections do not confer any immunity, and that you would get it over and over again.

The truth is that every time our immune system manages to fight off a new variant of COVID-19, it gains the ability to fight off a future infection with the same variant.

In fact, this is how the COVID-19 vaccine works: it presents a copy of SARS-CoV-2 so that our own immune system learns to fight the real virus.

Fact #2: Original COVID-19 vaccines still work against Omicron

the viral message falsely claims that COVID-19 vaccines no longer work against Omicron.

It is true that the virus mutates in each infected person and, through the process of evolution, can potentially develop variants that are better at escaping antibodies created by natural immunity and/or vaccines.

But while the new variants may have better “immunity escape” ability, you are still protected by antibodies and immunological memory created by the original COVID-19 vaccines and/or previous COVID-19 infections .

New Omicron vaccines have been developed and offer better protection against Omicron and its many sub-variants.

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Fact #3: BA4 + BA5 are sub-variants of Omicron

the viral message falsely states that BA4 is a new extended variant of BA5 and is a different virus.

The truth is that BA4 and BA5 are not new variants of COVID-19, only subvariants of the Omicron variant.

according to WHO definitionthe Omicron variant includes BA.1, BA.2, BA.3, BA.4, BA.5, and descendant lineages, including the new XBB subvariant.

Think of them as different year models of the same car: a BMW X5, for example. They may look slightly different and have upgraded features, but ultimately they are BMW X5 models that drive similarly and differently than Mercedes C300 cars.

Fact #4: BA4 + BA5 Symptoms similar to other Omicron variants

the viral message falsely states that BA4 and BA5 infections do not present with cough or fever.

BA4 and BA5 are just sub-variants of Omicron and present with common symptoms like cough, fever, sore throat, cold and body aches.

Fact #5: BA4 + BA5 are not 5 times more toxic than the Delta variant

The term “toxic” is meaningless when it comes to viruses, and tells us that the writer doesn’t understand basic science, let alone virology.

The fake news creator likely meant “virulent” or “virulence,” which refers to the virus’s ability to cause harm to its host. In any case, it is a false statement.

Omicron and its subvariants cause less severe disease than the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) that wreaked havoc in mid-2021.

In fact, the Delta variant causes more severe illness than any other COVID-19 variant, particularly in people who have not been vaccinated.

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Fact #6: BA4 + BA5 Do not skip the nasopharynx

the viral message falsely states that the BA4 and BA5 subvariants bypass the nasopharynx.

The SARS-CoV-2 virus is immobile and travels through droplets and aerosols that we breathe. It is not a homing missile that goes in search of a particular target.

As the air we breathe passes through the nasopharynx before reaching the lungs, that’s where most of the virus ends up, and that’s why we swab the nasopharynx for COVID-19.

Fact #7: BA4 + BA5 are detected like any other variant of COVID-19

the viral message falsely states that the BA4 and BA5 subvariants are not easily detected.

Again, BA4 and BA5 are Omicron sub-variants and are detected by the same PCR or RTK tests as the original Omicron variant.

Fact #8: The nasal/nasopharyngeal swab test will still detect BA4/BA5

the fake stating that the nasal/nasopharyngeal swab tests will come back negative is also repeated for the variant of the day.

people too soon reclaimed that nasal/nasopharyngeal swab tests would be negative for the Delta variant. It was nonsense then, it is nonsense today.

Nasal or better yet, nasopharyngeal swab, to detect the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus still works for the BA4 and BA5 subvariants.

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Fact #9: Omicron Wave is no deadlier than the first wave of COVID-19

While Omicron is certainly more infectious than the ancestral COVID-19 virus, it is less virulent.

Despite causing massive waves of infections, serious illnesses and deaths have been significantly lower. That is why the hospital did not run out of ICU beds and oxygen supply during the Omicron waves.

On the other hand, because Omicron is so infectious, it infects many more people. So in very large waves, the large number of infections could result in a large number of hospitalizations and deaths.

This is why health authorities continue to advise people to get vaccinated and, if possible, protect themselves by wearing face masks in crowded and/or public areas.

Fact #10: This is just chinese propaganda

This is just another example of Chinese propaganda created by the infamous Chinese 50 Cent Army (wumao五毛).

From the strange syntax, it is clear that this viral warning was written/translated from Chinese. It also focused particularly on the Omicron wave in the United States when most countries in the world have been hit by their own Omicron waves.

All the wumao the articles and videos I have seen so far have turned out to be fake… in each instance. Therefore, beware of such false claims.

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