While the omicron BA.5 variant cases are beginning to decline, omicron subvariants–BQ.1, BQ.1.1 and BF.7–have gained ground.

Because they appear to have a growth advantage over BA.5, scientists and health officials are closely monitoring these emerging variants.

As we head into winter, health officials are expecting another wave of viral infections. Omicron BA.5 variant remains dominant in the US, making up about 68% of all new infections, down from about 80% at the beginning of October.

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