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New ‘Ninja’ COVID Variant Most Dangerous One Yet

At a glance

  • The latest subvariant of COVID-19, soon to be dominant in Europe, the United States, and other places, is the worst so far.
  • The BA.5 subvariant of the basic Omicron variant appears to be more contagious than any previous form of the virus.
  • The strain is apparently better at dodging our antibodies, too, meaning it might be more likely to cause breakthrough infections.

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