Latest reports suggest that the new subvariant has been detected in as many as 54 countries. In India too, the strain is believed to have led to the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. While England has reported several cases of stealth Omicron, Denmark has been listed as the most affected country by the subvariant.
However, according to a statement released by Denmark’s Statens Serum Institut, a government-run infectious disease research center, “Initial analysis shows no differences in hospitalizations for BA.2 compared to BA.1.” “It is expected that vaccines also have an effect against severe illness upon BA.2 infection,” the statement further read. The stealth Omicron does not seem to pose any serious threat to life so far.
But irrespective of how mild the subvariant may be, one thing that separates it from its original strain is its ability to escape the tracking process.