AS per the WHO’s advice dated 26 November 2021, the Group on Virus Evolution (TAG-VE) designated variant B.18.104.22.1689 as a variant of concern, named Omicron. This decision was based on evidence submitted to TAG-VE that the omicron carries a number of mutations that can affect how it behaves,
for example, how easily it spreads or the severity of the disease it causes, is formed. Here is a summary of what is currently known?
The Present knowledge about the New variant named Omicron
Researchers in South Africa and around the world are conducting studies to better understand many aspects of Omicron and will continue to share the findings of these studies as they become available.
Scientists have urged caution — but not panic — over omicron. DW looks at what we know so far about the potential dangers of the fast-spreading variant.
What do the mutations in the omicron variant tell scientists?
Researchers have identified that the omicron variant has 32 mutations on the spike protein alone. The virus uses the spike protein to attach itself to our cells and infect us.
When DW asked on November 30 whether any deaths had been reported in the intervening days, the WHO did not give specific numbers but wrote in its statement that “all variants of COVID-19, including the delta variant that is dominant worldwide, can cause severe disease or death, in particular for the most vulnerable people, and thus prevention is always key.”