Coronavirus: COVID’s Omicron variant enters Indian borders; What steps should you take now | The Times of India


The new COVID variant is said to have over 30 mutations in the spike protein, which makes it different from the previous coronavirus strains. Experts have hinted at the variant’s ability to evade vaccine-induced immunity and to showcase a higher transmissibility rate.

As per recent reports, 373 cases of Omicron variant have been detected in 29 countries, of which 2 are from India.

The Health Ministry has said that the new variant could be 500% more infectious that the previous variants of concern. However, all reported cases are said to be mild so far.

According to Dr Vishwanath Bellad, pulmonologist from BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital, “Viruses are known to mutate for their survival. This applies to all the microbials. There would be minor changes in its manifestations and response to the treatment, due to these mutations.”

He believes that the problems associated with COVID-19 infection was caused by the response of the human tissue to contain or to kill the viruses. That being said, the mutations in the viruses should not alter the disease spectrum much, the doctor elaborates.

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