What to know about omicron, the new COVID variantOmicron could signal a "long-game" evolutionary plan for COVID-19, one in which it becomes ever-present but milder. With more than 26 mutations on the spike protein used for transmission, omicron is two to six times more transmissible than the highly transmissible delta variant. Omicron has now been detected in 19 U.S. states and 50 countries.
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What we know about L.A. County's first case of the Omicron variant
There are currently no indications of a larger outbreak, and officials urge people not to panic, saying they see no need for more restrictions at this time.
How worried should we be about the Omicron variant?
The Delta variant remains dominant worldwide, accounting for 99.9% of U.S. cases, and it is not yet clear whether Omicron will be able to displace Delta, said Dr. Graham Snyder, medical director, infection prevention and hospital epidemiology at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Three key things we now know about Omicron
Professor Willem Hanekom says that the Omicron variant "is spreading extraordinarily fast in South Africa".
Omicron: what do we know about the new Covid variant?
Scientists are racing to establish the variant’s transmissibility, effect on immune system and chance of hospitalisation or death
What we know about the new coronavirus variant omicron
As scientists race to find out more about the recently discovered coronavirus variant B.1.1.529 that the World Health Organization labelled a variant of concern and named omicron Friday, here's what we know about where and when it was identified, why it is causing concern and what countries have done in response.
How South African scientists spotted the Omicron COVID variant
By Tim Cocks JOHANNESBURG - On Friday Nov. 19, Raquel Viana, Head of Science at one of South Africa's biggest private testing labs, sequenced the genes on eight coronavirus samples - and got the shock of her life. The samples, tested in the Lancet laboratory, all bore a large number of mutations, especially on the spike protein that the virus uses to enter human cells. "I was quite
Is ‘Vaccine Inequality’ Responsible for New Covid Variant Omicron? Here’s What WHO Has to Say
In South Africa -- where the Omicron variant was first sequenced -- only a quarter of the population has been vaccinated. And is one of the highest inoculation rates on the continent.
What to know about the Omicron variant
Here's what Vancouver Island residents need to know about the latest COVID-19 variant before the holidays.
COVID-19: Toronto athlete contracts Omicron variant in South Africa
Connor Emeny, a Toronto athlete attempting to become the youngest person ever to complete Ironman triathlons on six continents, has tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19 after his fourth race in South Africa.
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A video on the new coronavirus variant called Omicron or B.1.1.529