Although the U.S. hasn’t yet seen a noticeable increase in cases, the percentage of BA.2 is rising in the Northeast and West. During the last week, health officials have started to warn that a spike in cases is nearly inevitable in the U.S…webmd.com, Health Officials Urge Preparation, Not Panic, for Next COVID Wave, Carolyn Crist, Mar 2022
Cases will likely increase due to BA.2, Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said, though he doesn’t expect a major surge. He also doesn’t think the U.S. will ramp up restrictions, “but you always have to have the flexibility.” If more people have to be hospitalized, for instance, some restrictions may be needed.
“This virus has fooled us before, and we really must be prepared for the possibility that we might get another variant,” he said. “And we don’t want to be caught flat-footed on that.”