The second copy of the omicron mutant is more contagious than...


Posted in: 31/01/2022 – 22:36

                Researchers from the Danish Authority for Infectious Diseases Control, in coordination with local universities, have found that another version of the Omicron mutant, known as "PA2", is more infectious than its original version.  And a doctor from the authority stressed that unvaccinated people are more likely to be infected with this mutation, while vaccinated people, especially recipients of the enhanced dose, have more immunity against it.                

A Danish study, published on Monday, revealed that another version of mutant omicron The so-called BA.2 is more contagious than the original BA.1.

The study was conducted by researchers from the Danish Authority for Infectious Diseases Control, in coordination with Danish universities, between December 20 and January 18, and included about 18 thousand people.

In a statement, the agency said, “The study shows that if someone in your home is infected with BA.2, there is a 39% overall risk of someone else in the home being infected within the first week. In contrast, if someone is infected with BA.1, the The risk would be 29%.”

Preliminary calculations indicated that PA.2, the dominant version in Denmark, was one and a half times more infectious than the original PA.1 Omicron, the Danish authority announced Jan. 26.

“Unvaccinated people are also more likely to be infected with PA2 compared to PA1,” said Dr. Camilla Holten Mueller, in the statement.

The doctor added that the study also shows that vaccinated people, especially those who received the booster dose, are much less likely to be infected.

Despite a record number of injuries, with a 43% increase in the number of new infections recorded in the past seven days, the Scandinavian country, which has a population of 5.8 million, is preparing to lift all health restrictions on Tuesday, noting the high vaccination rate and the lack of Omicron causing severe symptoms.

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