Two recent studies examine why the Omicron coronavirus variant may be less severe than other versions of COVID-19, and the author of one study described the variant saying that “it actually does its job in many ways.” Ravindra Gupta, a leading researcher at Cambridge University and author of the first study, told Business Insider that the studies suggest that Omicron may be milder than other variants because it attacks human lung cells in a different way, writes Newsweek.
“The biology of the virus is not the same as before. It’s almost a new thing,” Gupta said.
Gupta was part of a group of 31 scientists from various universities who collaborated on a study of the Omicron variant. He said the new evidence they found supports the idea of other studies and data suggesting that Omicron is less dangerous and less likely to cause death than the Delta version.
The Delta variant is considered to be more severe due to the way it affects the lungs. A second study by 34 scientists from Scottish and English institutes came to similar conclusions. No studies have been reviewed by other scientists, and Gupta says the results of his study are still preliminary.
“We probably need to be careful,” Gupta said. “It simply came to our notice then. But we still don’t know how much. ” it continues.
New “very strange” symptom of the Omicron variant
While Omicron may not affect people as severely as other variants, it may have different symptoms, according to some experts. Loss of taste and smell has been common in patients with COVID infected with other variants, but these symptoms are less common in people with Omicron. In contrast, muscle aches, fatigue, and sore throats have been reported as the main symptoms of those with Omicron.
Dr. John Torres, NBC News’ chief medical officer, told Tuesday’s Today that Many Omicron cases include reports of night sweats. He called the symptom “very strange”, but said that anyone who feels unwell should take the necessary precautions.
“So if you’re starting to get sick, you have to basically assume it’s COVID, unless it proves otherwise,” Torres said. “And by that, I mean, make sure you isolate yourself and take a test to see if it’s not COVID.” conchis el.
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