Monday, January 30

Covid: why they are comparing the omicron variant of the coronavirus with measles


  • Guillermo López Lluch
  • The Conversation*

Hands with measles.

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Immunologist Alfredo Corell has caused a stir in the media by stating that the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 is as contagious as measles, one of the most contagious viruses in the world.

Obviously, the coronavirus does not produce the same symptoms as the measles virus. But the statement refers to its contagiousness and not to the symptoms. And in that sense, Alfredo is absolutely right.

The omicron variant caused a great stir from the first moment in which it was announced that it accumulated a large number of mutations that were essentially focused on the recognition zone between the virus protein S and the ACE2 protein of human cells.

Only that data and the fact that it had been sequenced already indicated that it was imposing itself on the other variants.


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