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Omicron Not More Severe Than Delta Variant Of Covid Said Top US Scientist

By Shivani Kapoor - December 8, 2021

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The doctor involved in the first patients of Omicron in India told – what effect does this variant of corona show

Fauci said that the new variant, like Delta, “is clearly a highly interspecific virus that is currently the dominant global strain. The collection of epidemiological data from around the world also indicates that Omicron is reunited with Infections are high and it is better to avoid immunity than vaccination.Fauci, longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said the results of laboratory experiments testing the potency of antibodies from existing vaccines against Omicron. “Should come within the next few days to a week. On the question of seriousness, Fauci said that it is almost certainly not more serious than Delta.

He said there is some suggestion that it may also be less serious, because when you look at some of the cohorts being followed in South Africa, the ratio between the number of infections and the number of hospitalizations appears to be lower than in Delta. . But he noted that it is important not to over-interpret this data because the population being followed is younger and less likely to be hospitalized. Serious illness can also take weeks to develop.

The doctor involved in the first patients of Omicron in India told – what effect does this variant of corona show

“I think it will take at least a couple of weeks to confirm in South Africa, where the version was first reported in November,” he said. Then as we get more infections in the rest of the world, it may take longer to see what the level of severity is. A more communicable virus that does not cause more severe disease and does not increase hospitalizations and deaths was the “best-case scenario”.

The worst-case scenario is that not only is it highly contagious, but it also causes severe disease and then you have another wave of infections that are not necessarily affected by vaccines or people’s prior infections, he said. I don’t think the worst is going to happen, but you never know what will happen.

Let us tell you that the Omicron variant has been found in at least 38 countries so far. Although it has not yet been linked to any deaths, scientists are particularly concerned by the unique “constellation” of more than 30 mutations on the spike protein that dot the surface of the coronavirus and allows it to invade cells. .

Fauci said the science is unclear on how the variants originated, but there are two main theories. Either it developed inside the body of an immunocompromised patient, such as a person with HIV who rapidly fails to fight off the virus. Or, the virus may have passed from humans to animals, then returned to people in a more mutated form, as in “reverse zoonosis”.

In Maharashtra, only 56 percent people above the age of 45 have received both doses of corona vaccine.

Asked whether vaccinated people should act more cautiously, Fauci said the public should be prudent, wearing a mask especially when traveling and gathering indoors, where the immunization status of others is unknown. He stressed that people who have been fully vaccinated should also get boosters if needed.

Fauci said booster shots have been shown to significantly increase levels of the antibody that binds to the spike and also translates to better disease outcomes in the real world, as seen in Israel, which has led the United States to Before his booster campaign had started. But, while boosters increase the intensity and breadth of a person’s immune response, it is still too soon how long the response will be and whether additional shots may be needed in the future.

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