April 1, 2022
Austin Public Health Confirmed the Detection of the BA.2 Variant in the Austin Community
Austin Public Health confirmed the detection of the BA.2 variant in the Austin community on February 24, 2022. This week, Austin Public Health received results from cases sent from the university to the state for sequencing in early January 2022 and informed the university that BA.2. was detected.
The BA.2 variant is a descendent of the omicron variant. It is believed to be more transmissible than omicron, but like omicron, there is lower severity of illness and death associated with this variant. Getting vaccinated and boosted once eligible still offers the best protection from COVID-19 and its current variants.