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Spawn of omicron detected in the United States; has 60% more mutations

February 04, 2022

Another COVID-19 mutation has been identified in 26 states across the U.S. Scientists call it the BA.2 variant also known as the “stealth omicron” because it is difficult to detect with the nation’s current testing capacity. Researchers have likened it to the fraternal twin of omicron, but with one significant difference. BA.2 has 60% more mutations than omicron, which had until now the highest number of mutations to date since the pandemic began. In this week’s episode, I speak with Dr. Brian Dixon at the Regenstrief Institute about the possible threat BA.2 poses to the nation.