Reports say a new covid variant virus has been identified in several countries, including Israel, Thailand, Hong Kong and Cambodia, the United Kingdom and India. This is not surprising since SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is turning into new strains during the trail of infection around the world.
The new strain is a combination of omicron, of which there are four types. BA.1 and BA.2 are two of the dominant strains, and together they have created a new strain, called the “BA.2.2” variable. But the name is not yet official.
Here is what we know about the new species.
What’s the new version?
The new version has not been confirmed yet. Although some reports have called it a “BA.2.2” variant, it is just a name given by Hong Kong scientists.
It is a combination of different types of Omicron BA.1 (Omicron) and BA.2 (Stealth Omicron). Corona virus strains have accumulated in the past. Deltacron, a hybrid made up of delta and omecron strains, is a recent example.
Sopakit Srilak, head of the medical sciences department in Thailand, told Tiger that the new type of verification takes time, and that the global initiative on avian influenza data sharing is trying to get more data.
Salman Zarqa, Israel’s chief cod officer, said it was common for two cod strains to take on a new form, adding that when two viruses are in the same cell and they grow, “they exchange genetic material. Which creates a new virus. ”
Where it was found?
Two passengers returning to Ben Gurion Airport have been identified in Israel. Israeli officials say the passengers contracted the virus in the country itself.
The BA.2.2 stream has also reached India. The Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) has reported three cases in Maharashtra, Puducherry and Ladakh.
Thailand, its neighbors Cambodia and Hong Kong have recently reported similar viruses. Unconfirmed reports say that this type is also found in Britain.
Where did the new Variant come from?
Nachman Ash, director general of the Israeli Ministry of Health, said a new kind of beginning could take place in Israel.
“It is possible that they [incoming passengers who had a positive experience] were affected before boarding the flight to Israel. A variety could have emerged here. We do not yet know what that means,” he said. Told local 103FM radio on Wednesday [March 16].
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Zarqa also pointed out that the new version was local. “A young woman has affected both a child and her parents,” she said in an interview with Israeli Army Radio.
But Hong Kong researchers have a different view. The recent epidemic in Hong Kong could result in a BA.2.2 sub variant, the Mehdol University Center for Medical Genomics said in a Facebook post.
What are the symptoms of the infection?
The new type of infection triggers low fever, muscle aches and headaches.
How wide is the new variant?
So far, cases have been reported from Israel, Thailand, Hong Kong and Cambodia, the United Kingdom and India.
According to Cyrillic, in addition to the four cases in Thailand, 386 BA.2.2 cases were detected in Hong Kong and 289 in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom has not yet confirmed the existence of new tensions.
How serious are the infections?
There is no cause for alarm. Israeli health officials say the cases did not require any special treatment.
“At the moment, we are not worried about serious issues,” Zarqa said.
Cyrillic said the information was insufficient to estimate the severity or severity of the new tensions.