Stealth Omicron: Stealth Omicron increased fear, do you know how much the risk of hospitalization is because of this?
The main points of the story
- Omicron sub-variables spark fear
- Cases have also been reported in India
- Stealth Omicron has spread to 40 countries
After the devastation of the Omicron, Stealth Omicron now increased the fear among the people. The Stealth Omicron (BA.2) sub variant of Omicron is said to be more contagious than the original Omicron. To date, most specimens of Stealth Omicron have been found in Denmark, UK, Sweden and Singapore including India. All these variants are spreading rapidly in European countries. As the Covid-19 strain is more transmissible, it is feared that it could make the Covid-19 wave even larger.
What is a Stealth Omicron- Stealth Omicron has been defined by the UK Health Protection Agency. Dr Mira Chand, Director of Incidents at UKHSA, said: ‘It is in the nature of the virus to evolve and mutate, so it can be expected that next time we can see many new variants. Through genetic monitoring, we can identify them and assess whether they are serious or not. This sub-lineage was determined in December of last year.
Stealthy Omicron Identity – In the UK, 426 cases of Omicron Stealth i.e. subvariable BA.2 have been identified. UKHSA said changes in the viral genome cannot be said for certain yet, but preliminary assessments suggest Stealth Omicron (BA.2) has an increased growth rate compared to the original Omicron BA.1. According to the UKHSA, Stealth Omicron has been found in 40 countries so far. It is mostly spread in Denmark.
What do scientists say? Anders Vomsgaard, a researcher at the Serum Statins Institute (SSI), told local media, “The rapid development of the sub-component is not well explained yet. I’m amazed at its growth but not worried. It may be more immunogenic in the population, making it infect people faster. He said there is also the possibility that after being infected with BA.1 you may also fall into the hands of BA.2. He said: This is a possibility and we must be prepared for it. In this case we can see two peaks of this epidemic.
How risky is going to hospital ? Preliminary data from SSI in Denmark showed no difference in hospitalization for BA.2 compared to BA.1. No specific mutation was found in the BA.2 subvariate of Omicron that allows it to be easily distinguished from Delta. At the same time, many health experts claim that all of these variants can also survive the RT-PCR test.