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50 mutations of the Omicron variant could be its downfall; Preliminary data indicate less severe disease

SAN FRANCISCO – Preliminary data in South Africa is providing the world with insight into the true power of omicrons.

South African Medical Research Council only reported that this variant can cause less severe cases of COVID-19.

Dr Warner Greene, MD, said: “People who are not vaccinated in South Africa are coming to the hospital, but they are not seriously ill,” said Dr – Gladstone Institute, Senior Investigator and Virologist.

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Omicron has 50 mutations and 32 of them are in the mutant protein. Mutations in the mutant protein are making this new variant more contagious than any other.

Dr. Greene is a senior investigator and virologist for the Gladstone Institute. He believes all those mutations could well be its downfall.

“It’s possible that with this virus it could be attenuated,” said Dr. Greene. It has enough mutations to not cause many diseases.

Scientists worldwide are working together to find out if Omicron has the ability to evade antibodies.

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“It doesn’t appear to be more severe than the delta variant and earlier variants,” said Dr. Nevan Krogan, director of the Institute of Quantitative Biological Sciences. Quantitative Biology and adds, “The goal of the virus is to be able to pass from one host to another. . The virus does not want to kill its host. Viruses want to survive. How does it do that? Rub by becoming more contagious. “

The QBI lab broke down the omicron and figured out how this virus survives.

Dr Lorena Zuliani Álvarez, Senior Scientist at the Institute of Quantitative Biological Sciences said: “We think this virus is evolving to better transmit disease in humans and that is why it has accumulated accumulate all these mutations in the mutant protein.

As more data is gathered, Dr. Greene believes there is an encouraging possibility.

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“We would probably treat it like the flu,” said Dr. Greene. “You could even get the flu shot and the coronavirus shot in the same vaccine.”

Experts believe that continuing vaccination is the best way to prevent this virus from mutating.

“There was an event in Norway where there were more than 100 individuals at the event and most if not all were vaccinated. 60 of these people were infected with omicrons. So the people who were vaccinated. Vaccinations can certainly be re-infected or infected. The good news is that 60 of those people have mild or no symptoms,” said Dr. Krogan.

Experts are waiting to receive more solid data on the omicron variation in the next two weeks.

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