What we know about the possibly more infectious Omicron variant so far, Health News, ET HealthWorld

The recently discovered variant of coronavirus, Omicron has sparked fear across the globe world because of its rapid transmissibility. The scientists in South African where it was detected informed that this new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 with numerous mutations, possibly highly infectious than the variants detected earlier. The World Health Organisation (WHO) classifying the newly detected mutated virus as the ‘Variant of Concern’ . Here’s what we know about the virus so far.

What are mutations noticed in the Omicron variant?

Experts from Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation in South Africa have noted that the new variant has over 50 mutations, with over 30 mutations detected in the spike protein which can particularly be a cause of concern as it is the region through which virus enters the body and has been used as the target region for multiple vaccines against Covid. Some of the mutations witnessed in the Omicron variant as of yet are H655Y + N679K + P681H, Deletion of nsp6, deletions at positions 69 & 70 and R203K+G204R which in preliminary analysis suggests has increased transmissibility and can possibly evade the immunity against virus.

Is the variant more transmissible than the earlier variants?
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