The BA.5 subvariant of the omicron variant COVID-19, along with similar strain BA.4, currently cause 80% of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and is causing the most recent rise in infections.
BA.5 is more likely to cause reinfections, even in children, than other COVID-19 variants.
But does the BA.5 subvariant cause the same symptoms in children as adults? Here’s what you need to know about the similarities and differences and how each age group should protect themselves.
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Muscle pain
Dr. Silvera also noted that while children, in most cases “tend to have milder symptoms than adults, as infections increase, there has been a slight increase of pediatric hospitalizations.”
“It is important not to assume that your child will have a mild case and to take necessary precautions,” Dr. Silvera said. “In addition, because they may not have severe symptoms, it is important to remind parents to test their child if they have any symptoms or possible exposure.”
“Children, as well as adults, can be reinfected, and reinfections increase the risk for long COVID and other complications, including digestive and kidney disorders and cognitive impairment,” Dr. Silvera added.