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Scientists Watch, Worry About New 'Stealth' Version of Omicron Variant

THURSDAY, Jan. 27, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A "stealthier" version of the Omicron variant that has been spotted in the United States and dozens of other countries is being closely monitored by health officials and scientists.

The variant, called BA.2, has genetic traits that make it somewhat more difficult to detect, and some experts fear it may also be more contagious than that original Omicron variant, CBS News reported.

Nearly 15,000 genetic sequences of BA.2 have been uploaded since November by more nearly 50 countries to a global platform for sharing coronavirus data, including 96 sequences from the United States, CBS News reported.

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What Are Seasonal Allergies?

More than 67 million americans suffer from allergy symptoms, including hay fever. But, what is an allergy? What is an allergic reaction? What are common allergy symptoms? What allergy treatments are available?

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What is Pollen?

Pollen is one of the most common allergens in the United States. Pollen is an airborne allergen, which is picked up and carried by the wind. Various trees, grasses and weeds create pollen, which can cause hay fever, irritate your eyes and skin.

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