The CDC has just updated its Covid variant tracker, and it shows that the BA.2.12.1 Omicron subvariant has outcompeted BA.2, and is the dominant variant in the US, having been found in 57.9% of genome sequences. BA.2.12.1 has also spread across the entire country.
BA.2.12.1 is now found throughout the entire country:
Despite thoroughly outcompeting BA.2, BA.2.12.1 has not been classified as a variant of concern or even a variant of interest by the CDC.
US CDC variants of concern:
US CDC variants of interest:
** Pretending SARS-CoV-2 has been fixed, or that the pandemic has ended, simply ensures a continuing cycle of new variants, infections, hospitalizations and death. That is where we are with the Covid pandemic right now.
Sadly, there is no magic bullet for this disease, there is no instant cure, and there is no sterilizing vaccine. Eradicating this disease will mean years of careful planning and hard work. We have to do that work. There is no alternative. **