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Health experts monitoring rapid increase of new COVID-19 variants | VTx
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Health experts monitoring rapid increase of new COVID-19 variants | VTx

The virus that causes COVID-19 is constantly changing and accumulating mutations in its genetic code, and those changes are becoming more evident as we move into fall. The most recent data from the CDC, released on Oct. 15, shows that while Omicron BA.5 remains the dominant variant, representing 67.9 percent of infections, more contagious variants are spreading rapidly nationwide. “We can expect more variants to come, and probably from the genomic standpoint, they are going to look more aggressive,” said Dr. Carla Finkielstein, director of the Molecular Diagnostics Lab at Virginia Tech’s Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. Omicron BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 represent 11.4 percent of all COVID-19 infections for the week ending Oct. 15, double what they were the previous week. The next CDC data re...