Scientists Are Worried About A Pair Of New COVID Subvariants That May Attack Lungs

Scientists Are Worried About A Pair Of New COVID Subvariants That May Attack Lungs


Scientists are worried about a couple new strains of SARS-CoV-2, noting that the variants appear to be able to slip past some antibodies against the virus and attack the lungs, according to a new report.

The subvariants of the now-dominant Omicron variant — dubbed BA.4 and BA.5 — “seem to partially dodge antibodies from past infection or vaccination, making them more transmissible than other forms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” The Daily Beast reported. “There are also some suggestions that the new subvariants have evolved to target the lungs — unlike Omicron, which usually resulted in a less dangerous infection of the upper respiratory tract.”

The Omicron variant has proven more contagious than earlier strains of the virus, but symptoms are most often far less severe. Scientists are

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