More Transmissable Omicron Subvariants Now Dominant
Hospitalizations and New Cases Increasing
The more transmissible Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants are now dominant in all parts of the United States, with BA.5 again steadily expanding its scope, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported in its latest weekly estimates. Combined, the two subvariants make up more than 70% of recently sequenced samples, up sharply from 52% the previous week.
Hospitalizations are rising as the volume of cases picks up, but so far, there's no sign that illnesses involving the subvariants are more severe.
CDC Guidance for Travel
Do you have travel plans this summer?
- Make sure you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines before travel.
- Check your destination’s COVID-19 situation before traveling. State, tribal, local, and territorial governments may have travel restrictions in place.
- Wearing a mask over your nose and mouth is recommended in indoor areas of public transportation (including airplanes) and indoors in U.S. transportation hubs (including airports).
- Do not travel if you have COVID-19 symptoms, tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test, or had close contact with a person with COVID-19 and are recommended to quarantine.
The CDC offers resources and additional guidance to help you travel safely. For more information, visit: