The Omicron-BA.2 variant has been detected in American Samoa. World Health Organisation findings and data suggest that Omicron-BA.2 spreads faster and there is currently no evidence that it can cause more severe disease than the BA.1.
According to 93KHJ reports, the American Samoa Department of Health received confirmation from Hawaii State Lab, on April 26, of the detected travellers who tested positive for COVID-19 on the March 31, 2022 Hawaiian Air flight.
DOH says Omicron-BA.2 reminds us that the virus is still out there, and cases can go up the moment we let our guard down.
The public is urged to get boosted as soon as possible, as immunity is proven to decrease over time. First boosters are recommended 5 months after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Janssen.
To prevent further transmission of the COVID-19 virus please continue to wear masks, wash hands thoroughly, isolate when sick and symptomatic, social distance from others (6 feet apart), double-up protection through vaccination and boosters, disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, and ensure good ventilation throughout indoor spaces.
The public is strongly advised to get tested for Covid if you have been exposed to someone who is positive or once symptoms are present to determine the need for treatments.