How many Covid variants are there? All you need to know


Coronavirus has come a long way since 2020 when the pandemic changed our lives forever.

The virus has evolved, and new strains have emerged. Here’s the lowdown on the top variants.

There are four major variants – Alpha, Beta, Delta, and Omicron, with Omicron doing the rounds now.

The subvariants of the Omicron virus are – HV.1, EG.5, FL.1.5.1 and XBB1.16.6.

The Delta variant is less contagious than Omicron. Its subvariant is called Delta Plus.

Twice as contagious as the original Covid strain, the Beta strain has no special variants.

Mildly more contagious than the original strain is the Alpha strain with the B.1.1.7 variant.

The variants and subvariants have emerged from virus mutations over the years.

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