SARS-Cov-2 virus Current Affairs, GK & News

What is ‘TriSb92’ Molecule?

Researchers from University of Helsinki have developed a molecule, that can inactivate the coronavirus spike protein. It also offers effective short-term protection against the coronavirus. About TriSb92 Molecule Cell cultures and animal studies on TriSb92 molecule shows that, it protects against coronavirus infection for at least eight hours, including in cases of high exposure risk. ..

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NeoCov Coronavirus

According to Chinese researchers, a type of coronavirus called NeoCov, which spreads among bats in South Africa is likely to pose threat to humans if it mutates further, in future. Highlights Study was posted on the preprint repository BioRxiv. However, it is yet to be reviewed. Study shows that, NeoCov is closely associated to Middle East ..

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IIT-D develops test to detect Omicron in 90 min

Researchers from IIT Delhi’s Kusuma School of Biological Sciences have developed an RT-PCR based test, that can detect Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 in 90 minutes. Key Points The test is based on detecting specific mutations, which are present in Omicron variant while absent in other circulating variants of SARS-CoV-2. Primer sets that targeted these unique ..

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WHO: Omicron Poses Very High Global Risk

On November 29, 2021, World Health Organization (WHO) warned that; the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 virus called “Omicron” poses very high global risk. Highlights Early evidence shows that, this highly mutated coronavirus could lead to surges with ‘severe consequences.’ It also noted that, “considerable uncertainties’’ remain about Omicron, which was first detected in southern Africa, ..

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WHO: SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529 a ‘Variant of Concern’

The World Health Organisation (WHO) designated SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1529 as a ‘variant of concern’. Key Points This variant of SARS-CoV-2 has been named as Omicron. This variant was first detected in Botswana region of South Africa on November 24. South Africa is witnessing sharp increase in covid-19 infection, coinciding with the detection of Omicron variant. First ..

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