Continuous research is going on about Omicron, a new variant of Kovid-19 found in South Africa. Recently, it is believed to be responsible for the increasing cases of corona all over the world.
It is not clear where the new variant first appeared, but scientists in South Africa informed the World Health Organization (WHO) last week about it.
Now the situation is that its cases have been reported in many countries including Australia, Israel, Netherlands. After all, how dangerous the Omicron variant can prove to be and what information has scientists got about it so far. Come let’s know about this.
Key things to know about the Omicron variant
- The WHO on Friday described this variant as a ‘worrying form’ and named it ‘Omicron’. South African Health Minister Jo Fahla has said that this pattern is responsible for the “extreme increase” in cases of infection in the past few days.
- South Africa reported more than 3,200 cases on Saturday, after nearly 200 new cases were reported every day in recent weeks. Most of these surfaced in Goteng. According to experts, more than 90 percent of the cases in Goteng are of this new variant.
- According to the information revealed, the spike protein of Omicron has the highest number of mutations or changes, about 30 times. There are 26 mutations that have never been seen before in variants like alpha, beta, gamma or delta.
- Due to this, it is feared to spread easily and rapidly. The WHO said that some data suggests that preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection from this form compared to other variants. This means that people who have recovered from the infection can also be affected by it.
- Sharon Peacock, who leads the genome sequencing of Kovid-19 at the University of Cambridge, UK, said that the data so far suggests that the changes in the new variants are ‘corresponding to increased prevalence’, but ‘the effects of many changes’ Still not found out.
- According to scientists, ‘Omicron’ is genetically distinct from previous forms including beta and delta forms but it is not known whether these genetic changes make it more contagious or lethal. So far, there have been no indications that Swaroop can cause more serious disease.
- At present, nothing concrete has been known about the effect of the current vaccine on this variant. It may probably take weeks to know if Omicron is more contagious and whether vaccines are effective against it.
- Regarding how the new variant came, scientists say that the corona virus keeps changing its form as the infection spreads and its new forms appear. it is common. This happens with every virus. Some of these can be quite fatal but sometimes they go away on their own.
- According to scientists, this new form ‘may have developed in someone who was infected’.
- Rome’s prestigious Bambino Gesu Hospital has published the ‘first photos’ of this variant. This suggests that the virus variants have more mutations than the delta variants. The new pictures show that the virus has adapted itself to humans by creating a new variant.