Episode 42

Published on:

28th Feb 2022

Episode 42: A Discussion on the BA.2 Variant

In this episode, we discuss the new BA.2 variant, a sublineage of Omicron (aka BA.1). How does BA.2 differ from BA.1/Omicron, and from Delta for that matter?

We share news and information from the US, Denmark, Japan, South Africa, as well as the World Health Organization about this new variant and why some people feel hopeful - despite the continued illness and positive cases we are seeing worldwide.

We also discuss why COVID continues to be a concern for the immunocompromised and why protections can still be crucial.


NPR: "More Contagious Version of Omicron Spreads in US, Fueling Worries"


Nature: "Had Omicron? You're Unlikely to Catch its Rising Variant"


Deseret News: "New Omicron Subvariant Has New COVID Symptoms"


BioRXIV.org: Virological Characteristics of SARS COV2 BA.2 Variant


Reuters: Omicron BA.2 Subvariant More Infectious but No More Severe - Africa CDC


UN: Omicron Sublineage BA.2 Remains a Variant of Concern


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April Moreno

Dr. April Moreno is a public health and informatics specialist consultant, and is the Founder of the Public Health Podcast Network, publichealthpodcasters.com. She is also dedicated to autoimmune health equity and is the Founder, CEO of the Autoimmune Community Institute, acicommunity.org.