A new strain of coronavirus has been identified. The World Health Organization describes it as a worrying form of corona. The whole world is worried about such a new spread. Travel ban is being issued. There is a new concern about this virus.
The latest to be identified is the most frequently genetically modified version of the coronavirus. The list of genetic mutations is so long that one scientist described it as frightening. Another scientist said the new species was the deadliest of the species he had seen.
The disease was first identified in a South African province. Within a few days, other African countries and Europe and Asia have been identified. It is feared that this type will spread to other parts of the world in the coming days.
The questions that come to mind now that this new strain has been identified are how quickly it can spread the infection and whether the strain can protect against the existing coronavirus vaccines. Although there is a lot of speculation, there is no clear answer right now.
What is known about the type
The World Health Organization has given a new name to the coronavirus ‘Omicron’. Alpha and delta are named after the Greek alphabet, just as they were named earlier. Under the new name, the company has described Omicron as a “worrying type” of coronavirus.
The genes have changed genetically. Tulio de Oliveira, director of the South African Center for Epidemiological Response and Innovation, said Omicron had been “abnormally transformed” many times. It’s ‘a lot different’ than the types that have been spread so far. He added, “The species has surprised us a lot, it has gone through many stages of evolution and has changed its genetic makeup many times over.”
Oliveira added at the press conference that Omicron has changed form 50 times so far and Spike Protein has changed more than 30 times. Most viruses use this spike protein to enter the body’s cells, and most vaccines are made to target the spike protein.
There are more concerns in this new type. The part of the virus that first connects to the human body cell is called the receptor binding domain. That receptor binding domain of Omicron has changed form 10 times. This change occurred only twice in the case of the most contagious delta species identified so far.
Such genetic mutations are most likely to come from a patient who has not survived the virus. However, this transformation is not always bad. It is important to know where the genetic mutations actually end up.