According to America’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, US scientists are actively talking with their colleagues in South Africa to learn more about Omicron, the new form of Covid-19. The news of the new strain has sparked concern and prompted new restrictions around the world. The variation has a lot of mutations and is thought to be more transmissible than the others.
In an interview with CNN, the White House chief medical advisor revealed five things about the Omicron. Fauci was questioned about the Omcron fears and whether the virus had already moved to the United States.
1. There are concerns about increased transmissibility and the risk of immune response evasion. Right now, we don’t know for sure. This is a really active situation.
2. The variant appears to be spreading at a fairly rapid rate, in the sense that when positive is tested, it appears to be a little more widespread than previously anticipated. It’s moving in a smooth manner.
3. The sky is the limit. The new variation does not appear to be present in the United States. The transmission of the variation from South Africa to Hong Kong required a lot of travel. As a result, we’re attempting to determine the variant’s exact molecular make-up so that we can test for it. And that, too, will take some time.
4. When you examine a mutation, it will give you a hint or a forecast that it may be immune-evading. You must obtain that specific virus sequence and place it in a laboratory format where you may test the various antibodies in order to make a prediction or to prove that it will evade. We’re currently putting the materials together.
5. You’re referring to anything like to a warning sign that there might be a problem, but we don’t know. Once we’ve tested it, we’ll be able to know whether it evades or not the antibodies that we produce, say, in response to a vaccine against a virus.
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