omicron Current Affairs, GK & News

Omicron XBB.1.5

Omicron XBB.1.5 is a variant of the Covid-19 virus that has caused concern among experts due to its immune-evasive and highly contagious nature. It has been linked to a surge in hospitalizations in the US and UK. How is Omicron XBB.1.5 different from other Covid-19 variants? Omicron XBB.1.5 is a recombinant strain that is both ..

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China’s Zero-COVID Policy

While other countries across the planet are gradually relaxing their COVID related restrictions and urging their respective citizens that they will have to adjust to the COVID-19 virus, China is following a strict Zero-Covid policy. Overview: The Zero-Covid policy of China involves the use of aggressive measures and policies that are necessary to eliminate and ..

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Omicron Variant in White-Tailed Deer

According to a study, some white-tailed deer living in the US are infected with the SARS-CoV-2’s Omicron variant. Overview: The study is yet-to-be peer-reviewed and has been posted recently on the bioRxiv preprint repository. This study also found SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies in one of the deer that is Omicron-infected. This suggests that similarly to humans, ..

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Community Transmission of Omicron

The Genome Consortium INSACOG recently announced that Omicron is at the “Community Transmission” stage in India. The ICT admissions and hospitalisation of patients are increasing. The Omicron has become dominant in metros though the infections are asymptomatic and mild. Community Transmission According to the World Health Organization, the community transmission occurs when larger outbreaks of ..

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Omicron sub-lineage BA.1

In less than two months three sub lineages of Omicron has been detected. Omicron is a COVID-19 mutant variant. The Pango lineage of Omicron called the B.1.1.529 was declared as Variant of Concern by the World Health Organization. This has now spawned (reproduced or produced) into three sub types called BA.1, BA.2 and BA.3. What ..

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OmiSure RT – PCR Kit

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) recently approved ‘OMISURE’. Omisure is a RT – PCR kit. It is used to detect Omicron, a  COVID-19 variant. It was manufactured by Tata Medical and Diagnostics. About the kit The kit was designed and developed by a US – based company Thermo Fisher. It was manufactured by ..

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