‘I’m an epidemiologist, and this is what it means when COVID cases are up—but deaths remain low’

Still, Omicron BA.2 is a highly-contagious offshoot of Omicron that’s now considered the predominant COVID-19 variant. “While we’re still learning more about the variant, studies have shown that it is more transmissible than other forms of COVID-19,”  Bernadette Boden-Albala, MPH, DrPH, director and founding dean at the University of California, Irvine Program in Public Health, previously told Well+Good.