The discovery of An new COVID-19 variant in South Africa this week caused alarm and quick action of a number of countries including travel restrictions. this is what you need until know over Omicron.
How was this version found?
Scientists looked at virus samples and discovered the new variant after South African cases started to explode this week at about 200 a day. Fallen nearly 2,500 on Thursday.
Why is it called Omicron?
The World Health Organization gave it die name after a letter in the Greek alphabet. The WHO also called it a variant of concern, the only one one to die to get designation since Delta came up in India in end of 2020.
Why is Omicron a cause for care?
The apparently high number of mutations – about 30 – in the coronavirus’ spike protein can mean it spreads easily. that works over double the number of mutations of the Delta variant, and could mean increased portability. But the meaning of the mutations “is still unknown,” according to Sharon Peacock, who led to genetic sequencing of COVID-19 in Britain.
Does the Omicron variant make you sicker?
There is no indication that the variant will cause An more severe disease. The WHO said there was “preliminary evidence” that an increased risk of reinfection with Omicron for die who to have already had the virus in comparison met other variants. No unusual symptoms have been reported with this variant, die can also led to asymptomatic cases, according to the National Institute of South Africa for Communicable diseases.
Will existing COVID-19 vaccines work against the variant?
Scientists say yes soon and that answer will take a few weeks. An expert, Peter Openshaw, a professor of experimental medicine at Imperial College London, calling it “extremely unlikely” that current vaccines not work, noting that they are effective against many other variants.
With Post wires
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