MoCo Department of Health and Human Services Shares Information From White House on Latest Omicron Variant

by MCS Staff

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Humar Services has shared a video on Twitter where Dr. Ashish Jah, the Covid Response Coordinator for the White House, let’s the public what they need to know about BA.5, a version of the Omicron variant, that’s causing the majority of Covid-19 cases in the United States.

In the video, “Dr. Ashish Jha shares what you need to know about BA.5, the Biden-Harris Administration’s strategy to manage BA.5, and the steps all Americans can take to stay protected.” In the video, Dr. Jha mentions that BA.5 is a version of last winter’s Omicron variant that has been tracked since April and is now the majority of Covid-19 cases in the United States. Dr. Jha refers to BA.5 as “highly immune evasive”, explaining that a lot of reinfections of those previously infected are occurring, and breakthrough infections in those who haven’t been vaccinated in a while. He notes that current tools, vaccines, and therapeutics still work against BA.5.

The full video can be seen below:

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