Omicron is 6 times highly infectious than Delta, can infect the vaccinated

Omicron contains a number of variations that could affect how it acts, such as how easy it spreads or how severe the sickness it produces. The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed its latest findings on Sunday, amid mounting alarm around the world, after flagging the coronavirus strain B.1.1.529, dubbed 'Omicron,' as a variety of concern earlier this week.

According to the WHO, preliminary research suggests that there may be an increased risk of reinfection with 'Omicron' - patients who have previously had COVID-19 may be more easily reinfected with this variety. It is unknown whether 'Omicron' is more transmissible (easier to pass from person to person) than Delta and other variations. For the time being, RT-PCR testing can detect the strain.

There is currently no evidence that symptoms related to Omicron differ from those associated with other variations.

Preliminary data indicate a rise in hospitalization in South Africa, although this could be due to an increase in the general number of persons becoming infected rather than a specific infection with 'Omicron.' Initial infections were recorded among university studies - younger people with milder symptoms - but determining the severity of the 'Omicron' strain will take days to many weeks.

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