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Omicron FAQ – All You Need to Know About the New COVID-19 Variant

Updated: Jan 2, 2022

After the many dangerous SARS-Cov 2 variants that we have seen since the onset of the pandemic, we are now hearing of a new variant called Omicron.

Is the new Omicron variant more deadly? What are some omicron symptoms to look out for? What does testing omicron positive mean? And what has Omicron Delhi news got to say?

Read more to find out everything you need to know about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19.

What is Omicron?

The term “Omicron” comes from the modern Greek alphabet. It is the 15th Greek letter and conforms to the trend of the World Health Organization’s naming of COVID-19 variants after Greek alphabets.

Did you know that WHO has used as many as 12 letters from the Greek dialect in its naming of COVID-19 variants?

Where did the Omicron Variant Originate From?

The new COVID-19 variant is said to have first been detected in South Africa on 24th November 2021. Some scientists believe that Omicron may have resulted from the antiviral drug Molnupiravir which works through the creation of genetic errors in viruses. However, such claims cannot be verified at the time.

Does the New SARS-Cov-2 Variant Spread Faster?

What forms the crux of this Omicron FAQ is the question of whether the new COVID-19 variant

spreads faster than the previous variants.

Well, it is naturally expected of viruses to get more and more transmissible as they undergo the

process of mutation. Recent reports have shown that Omicron does, indeed, spread faster than the Delta variant. The high transmission rate of the new variant has caused major panic among people across the globe.