COVID-19 Variants

Total 9 Posts

Omicron XE is spreading in the UK – A virologist explains what we know about this hybrid variant.

5 min read
More than 1,000 cases of omicron XE have been detected in the UK so far. But we shouldn’t be seriously concerned at this stage.

Should we worry about the XE variant? Maybe not yet, but ‘hybrids’ will become more frequent as COVID evolves.

5 min read
Our best chance of limiting the emergence of new recombinant COVID variants is to limit the spread of infections, using public health measures to slow and suppress the virus.

Caught COVID? What you should and shouldn’t do when self-isolation isn’t mandatory.

5 min read
The virus is still a threat. Be kind to yourself and others if you catch it because people will continue to get severely ill and die from COVID.

COVID numbers are spiking, yet still no public health messaging.

11 min read
The views of experts and health professionals on whether there is cause for concern as COVID case numbers are rising again, the risk of a new variant to show up, the situation in schools and long COVID.

Will Omicron be more contagious than Delta? A virus evolution expert explains what researchers know and what they don’t.

5 min read
It’s too early to say whether the newly identified Omicron variant is going to overtake Delta. But particular mutations in the new strain have researchers deeply concerned.

Why the WHO designated Omicron a variant of concern.

4 min read
Lessons have been learned of the importance of acting quickly to nip dangerous new variants in the bud, or at least to slow their spread to buy the world some time.

How Omicron was found and what we know so far.

7 min read
There’s a new COVID lineage called B.1.1.529. The World Health Organization called it Omicron as it declared it a “variant of concern” because it has a genetic profile very different from other circulating variants.
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