Most people believe that the coronavirus pandemic is over, but it seems that we might have a bit more to go before we can call it quits. It’s been just revealed that there is a new variant in town, according to the latest reports. Check out the latest news about this.
It’s been revealed that two Israelis who returned to Israel from abroad were found to be carrying a combination of omicron and the infectious BA.2 variant of coronavirus, which has not been sequenced elsewhere in the world.
It’s also important to note the fact that the two patients tested positive after undergoing a PCR test upon landing at Ben-Gurion International airport, and their samples were sequenced in Israel.
Light symptoms of the new variant
According to the Health Ministry, the patients had only weak symptoms, including fever, headaches, and muscle aches, and did not require specialized medical care.
Israel’s covid czar, Prof. Salman Zarka, told Army Radio that the patients are a couple in their 30s who contracted the virus from their infant son.
He said that two viruses linking up, especially when both are contracted, is a common phenomenon.
He explained that this occurs when there are two viruses in the same cell. He also said the following:
“when they multiply, they exchange genetic material, creating a new virus.”
Another issue that is really worth mentioning is that the Omicron infections have been falling in the past week in favor of rising BA.2 infections. Also, the Health Ministry officials are concerned about the spread.
“We are still seeing a continued decrease in the number of infections in all groups and ages, but the infection rate has begun to rise in the past week,” Zarka said.
In order to learn more about the latest covid variant, check out some of our previous notes.