Covid19 : Omicron Variant now reported in 25 countries
The WHO said the new strain had been detected in 23 countries, but later Wednesday the United States reported its first case of the omicron variant and on Thursday India reported 2 cases as well.
Microbiologists think that omicron’s mutations may make it easier for the virus to infect us via ACE-2 receptors. They say it is also possible that the new variant evades our immune systems better than other variants. The coronavirus uses ACE-2 receptors, which can be found in our noses, for instance, to enter the body.
So, if Omicron finds it easier to infect us and become fully functional, scientists say that it may also spread quicker and it will have a higher transmission rate.
The Omicron variant has been detected in 5 of South Africa’s 9 provinces and accounted for 74% of the virus genomes sequenced in November, the country’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases announced Wednesday.