Covid-19: fatigue, sore throat, cough… what are the symptoms of the BA.5 variant?

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Even if the circulation of the virus has decreased sharply in recent weeks, the BA.5 variant is now the majority in France. Symptoms, incubation period…The Midi Dispatch make the point.

From now on, make way for the BA.5 sub-variant. This “sub-lineage” of the Omicron variant is now the majority in France, detected in 92% of the Covid tests carried out, according to Public Health France.

Between the temporary cold snaps linked to the air conditioning or the onslaught of strong heat, between coughs, sore throats or night sweats, The Dispatch provides an update on the symptoms of this new variant.

Symptoms “not more severe”

Questioned at the microphone of France Inter last July, Jean-François Delfraissy, President of the Scientific Council and immunologist assured that the sub-variant BA.5. is “more transmissible but not more severe” than the previous subvariants. It is this BA.5 sub-variant. which is at the origin of the seventh wave, which has been raging in France since July.

Jean-François Delfraissy, President of the Scientific Council and immunologist, about the 160,000 Covid contaminations in 24 hours: “We are dealing with a much more transmissible variant (BA5)” In the Paris region, the data suggest “a form of slowdown” #le69Inter pic.twitter.com/aQaW34bTrk

– France Inter (@franceinter) July 11, 2022

In detail, the most commonly reported symptoms are fatigue, headaches and sore throats. Then come vomiting, diarrhea or night sweats.

30,000 cases per day on average

According to the latest figures from Public Health France, France had an average of 30,592 daily cases as of August 5, a drop of almost 33% in one week. The incidence rate is also down, with 392 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on average on August 2, a drop of 40% compared to the last week of July.

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