• Marcus Persson

The Omicron variant of COVID-19

With the first case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 in the United States, one must ask themselves what this new virus is, where it came from, and where it is. The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has an unusual combination of mutations that let it spread faster, having 43 spike protein mutations, while the Delta variant has 18. Spike proteins are located outside of COVID-19, and they make it easier for the virus to get into host cells. The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has no reported deaths yet, however it should be noted that it has been labeled as a “variant of concern” by the World Health Organization. The Omicron variant of COVID-19 comes from South Africa and was discovered by scientists from South African and Botswana. The Omicron variant spread like wildfire throughout South Africa, and it might do the same to other countries. The Omicron variant of COVID-19 is now in northern and Western Europe, Canada, parts of Africa, Japan, Australia, and the United States, just to list a few. The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has gotten a “very high” risk level,




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-Corum, Jonathan, and Carl Zimmer. “Tracking Omicron and Other Coronavirus Variants.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 9 Feb. 2021,https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2021/health/coronavirus-variant-tracker.html.


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