- Is Omicron more dangerous than Delta?
- Omicron quickly becomes a scientists’ nightmare.
- In the United States, more cases with this variant have already been detected.
FATAL DANGER? Authorities warn that the new Omicron variant of Coronavirus is spreading much faster than the Delta variant. According to studies conducted in South Africa, the new variant has been shown to be easy to spread and has therefore become more dangerous than Delta.
Research suggests that the rapid and easy spread of the virus is due to the result of a combination of contagion and the ability to bypass the body’s immune defenses. Currently, various nations have already reported their first cases of the variant that has been spreading.
A few days ago, a new variant of SARS-CoV-2 was reported that has made more than one government concerned. This new variant, which is called “Omicron” has attracted a lot of attention lately due to its rapid spread and the infections that are being registered in the last hours. Entire nations are concerned about the evolution of infections and fear for the safety of their inhabitants.
According to the New York Times, new research would show that this variant is more dangerous than the Delta variant because of the speed with which it spreads. The new studies were made in South Africa because it’s the nation that has registered the most violent spreading rate of this new variant and alerted the other nations.
Why is it more dangerous?
The media outlet reported that the new study indicates that this variant can spread more easily than Delta, which was previously the fastest moving version of the virus. In the United States, authorities have detected confirmed cases of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in California, Minnesota, Colorado, Hawaii and New York, reported the EFE agency.
Amid the spread across nations, it was reported that South African scientists said on Friday that the most recent variant of the coronavirus appears to be spreading more than twice as fast as Delta, according to the New York Times. The concerns have not stopped and scientists are surprised by the speed of the variant and are suggesting extensive measures to prevent further infections. Filed Under: Omicron Delta Rapidity
Why does it spread faster?
According to the New York Times, the rapid spread of Omicron is the result of a combination of contagion and the ability to bypass the body’s immune defenses, according to South African scientists studying the new variant. Although the study is just beginning, they mentioned that the contribution of each factor is not certain and there could be another type of complication.
“We’re not sure what that mix is,” said Carl Pearson, a mathematical modeler at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who led the analysis. “It’s possible that it’s even less transmissible than Delta,” explained the scientist about the new variant. Filed Under: Omicron Delta Rapidity
Is the vaccine effective against Omicron?
Last Thursday, researchers who have focused on the new variant reported that the new variant could in part bypass the immunity gained from a previous infection. This is a problem, because it is not known to what degree it could damage an immune system that has already received the two or three doses of the vaccine against COVID-19.
The New York Times reported that it is not yet clear whether, or to what degree, Omicron can evade the protection provided by current vaccines. For that reason, nations and their leaders have been fearing the rise in infections of the new variant and demanded that there be a complete study of Omicron and the dangers it poses. Filed Under: Omicron Delta Rapidity
Is the United States ready?
The EFE agency pointed out that Rochelle Walensky stressed that the country “is equipped and prepared” to combat the new variant of the virus, in addition to stressing that the CDC continuously monitors the effectiveness of vaccines. Although, the population has found itself fearing infections due to the lack of information that exists about the new variant.
Likewise, “we are doing an in-depth investigation of the first cases to understand the contagion rate and severity of the disease with Omicron,” said the director of the CDC. So far, different possible cases of contagion have been detected in the country and only two have been confirmed. Filed Under: Omicron Delta Rapidity
Is Omicron spread faster than Delta?
In the study that was carried out, the researchers detailed in graphs that so far (in South Africa) the cases of coronavirus have doubled in areas where the Omicron variant was more prevalent than Delta, which has worried scientists and doctors who have been involved in the study process.
The New York Times reported that mathematical studies were conducted and estimated the variant’s Rt, a measure of how quickly a virus spreads, and compared it to Delta’s metric. They found that Omicron’s Rt is almost 2.5 times higher than Delta’s. The concern when seeing the numbers, increased considerably. Filed Under: Omicron Delta Rapidity
Doesn’t immunity last?
At the beginning of the pandemic, there was an idea that by coming out of the COVID-19 infection, people could get a little immunity. Now, after the vaccine and taking into account the Delta variant, certain times of immunity that the body presented after an infection were considered; but apparently scientists never contemplated that a new variant could prove that the immunity time is extremely short.
In the study that was conducted in South Africa, it was concluded that they had registered an increase in reinfections among people who had tested positive for the virus at least 90 days before, suggesting that the immunity gained from a previous attack with the virus did not last as long as it had been thought, noted The New York Post.
The second case in the United States?
According to the Efe agency, the Minnesota state health authorities have identified this Thursday a case of the variant, the second that has been registered in the United States. The news sparks concern among the Minnesota state authorities.
This surprised citizens yesterday after the first case was identified within the state. The authorities are investigating the origin of the new variant and above all, alerting citizens to exercise extreme caution in one of the most difficult times due to low temperatures and respiratory diseases.
Infected at a convention?
In the case of the second patient who has been detected to have this variant, the authorities investigated the necessary data to know where they could have been infected. According to Efe, the case corresponds to a Minnesota resident that traveled to New York City for the Anime NYC 2021 convention, which was attended by 53,000 people between November 19-21. This person developed “mild symptoms” of Covid-19 on November 22.
Minnesota health authorities said in a statement that they are working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York City officials to investigate the contagion, EFE said. One of the main concerns is that more people have been infected by having participated in this meeting.
Were there suspicions?
It was the governor of Minnesota, who expressed his concern about the variant and the case that had been found in his state. Minnesota Governor Tim Walz highlighted in a statement that the state’s infrastructure and robust testing network have made it possible to quickly track the virus that causes COVID-19 and better understand its spread, according to Efe.
The second case that was detected in the country responds to the fears that exist among the country’s authorities who have been concerned about a possible ‘rapid’ spread of the variant, as they are still fighting against the dangerous Delta variant that caused an increase in infections in the country.
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