Bloomberg: the omicron variant could well have formed during the transmission of the virus from humans to animals.
Scientists suggest that this version of the emergence of the omicron strain is very likely: the coronavirus was transmitted from person to animal, adapted and passed back into the human body. This hypothesis was voiced to the agency Bloomberg Harvard T.H. School of Public Health Chana Sikhulile Moyo, reports RIA News:
“We are still trying to understand how so many mutations formed in such a short period of time. If you look at the previous strains, the alpha, the beta, you can see that mutations have accumulated over time.”
According to the scientist, the rate of spread of the omicron variant in the world is of serious concern. It appears to be accumulating its own mutation pattern. Discovered in South Africa and Botswana, the new strain B.1.1.529 contains dozens of mutations in the S-protein, which is required for infection at the cellular level. Experts suggest that it originally developed in a person with a weakened immune system – a patient with AIDS or HIV. WHO named it the Greek letter omicron…