When it first came onto the scene, the Omicron variant was the most transmissible version of COVID-19 we had ever seen, until now. The new subvariant spreading throughout is called BA.2.12.1.
Dr. Henning Ansorg, the public health officer for the County of Santa Barbara, says the virus mutated, calling it the next generation of Omicron.
“We don’t know exactly why, but it’s anywhere, almost 30% more able to spread compared to the previous version. And that’s why it basically outperforms the older versions,” said Dr. Ansorg.
He says there have been surges of the virus each summer and winter since the pandemic began.
“The Omicron was in January and then now in the spring, now it’s already soon summer. So I’m afraid, probably around September, October, we might see something maybe a little later,” added Dr. Ansorg.
People who became sick with the Omicron variant earlier in the year can become sick again with BA.2.12.1.