The Omicron variant can multiply 70 times faster than Delta: COVID-Updates – Nach Welt

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The Omicron variant multiplies in the human bronchi 70 times faster than the initial infection with COVID-19 or the delta variant, see above a new study from Hong Kong University.

The lightning-fast spread within humans could explain why the variant may be transmitted between humans more quickly than previous versions, say the researchers. Their study also showed that Omicron infection in the lungs is significantly lower than the original SARS-CoV-2, which could be an indicator of lesser disease severity. The research is currently being peer-reviewed for publication.

By infecting many more people, a very contagious virus can lead to more serious illness and death, although the virus itself is less dangerous, said Dr. Michael Chan Chi-wai, the study’s lead researcher.

“Along with our recent studies showing that the Omicron variant can partially escape immunity from vaccines and past infections, the overall threat from the Omicron variant is likely to be very significant,” he said.

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