Town Square

What you should know about the BA.2 omicron subvariant

Though the number of COVID cases aren’t increasing substantially in our area, the new BA.2 subvariant is becoming more prevalent in Houston. Today, a local epidemiologist is here to explain this and more COVID headlines.



To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:

<iframe src="" style="height: 115px; width: 100%;"></iframe>

Town Square with Ernie Manouse airs at 3 p.m. CT. Tune in on 88.7FM, listen online or subscribe to the podcast. Join the discussion at 888-486-9677, or @townsquaretalk.

With Houston seeing a rise in BA.2, the COVID omicron subvariant is expected to become dominant.

This week, the CDC recommended additional boosters for certain individuals. And as funding runs out, COVID tests and treatments are no longer free for the uninsured in some places.

But how can you tell if you have COVID, the flu, or just allergies?

Are you still masking?

Or, are you wondering if you've stopped, should you put a mask back on?

Today, we discuss what's happening with the new BA.2 subvariant and other developments in the world of COVID, with our medical expert addressing listener questions like these and other concerns.


Dr. Katelyn Jetelina

  • Assistant Professor at UTHealth School of Public Health
  • Author of "Your Local Epidemiologist," a newsletter and Facebook blog that has gone viral during the pandemic

Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day's most important and pressing issues.

Audio from today’s show will be available after 5 p.m. CT. We also offer a free podcast here, on iTunes, and other apps.