Deseret News – The omicron variant of the coronavirus might have symptoms similar to the common cold because the new variant literally has a genetic code from the common cold inside of it.
Per Reuters, the omicron variant likely acquired a mutation — one of its more than 30 mutations, mind you — from a snippet of genetic material from the common cold. Meaning, yes, the omicron variant mutated to include parts of the common cold’s genetic makeup.
Researchers — who published a study in early December on OSF Preprints about this idea — found this after seeing genetic material in the common cold and the omicron variant.
Venky Soundararajan, who works at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based data analytics firm Nference and led the study, said this is why omicron has made itself look “more human.”
The small bit of the common cold inside of omicron “could mean the virus transmits more easily, while only causing mild or asymptomatic disease,” according to Reuter … read more.
CDC Cuts Isolation Time for COVID-Affected Americans
By Reuters Staff | December 27, 2021
The CDC on Monday shortened the recommended time for isolation for asymptomatic Americans with COVID-19 to five days from the previous guidance of 10 days.
The agency also said that people who test positive after quarantining should follow five days of wearing a mask when around others.
Omicron accounts for 73% of U.S. coronavirus infections, the CDC had said last week.
Breakthrough infections are rising among the fully vaccinated, including those who have had a booster shot.
However, Omicron appears to be causing milder symptoms in those people, some of whom have no symptoms at all … read more.