Mutations among coronaviruses are common, according to WHO //Reproduction
Two cases of the new omicron variant XQ – a mixture of BA.1.1 and BA.2 substrains – were confirmed in the city of São Paulo, this Thursday, 5th. In a note, the state Department of Health stated that the cases were found through genetic sequencing carried out at the Butantan Institute. “A survey of surveillance points to more than 10,000 cases of the omicron variant and its sublines,” the agency said.
The Secretariat also said that it keeps monitoring the epidemiological scenario across the state, as well as all variants of SARS-CoV-2. “The State Surveillance, through the Center for Strategic Information on Health Surveillance (Cievs), monitors, accompanies and assists in investigations, in real time, of all Variant of Concern (VOC = Variant Of Concern), such as delta, alpha , beta, gamma and the omicron”.
The note also warns the population to continue following protective measures, without mentioning, however, the use of masks. “Measures are still crucial to combat the coronavirus pandemic: hand hygiene (with soap and water or gel alcohol); social distancing; and vaccination against Covid,” the statement reads. This Thursday, however, a study was published on the arXiv platform of the Center for Mathematical Sciences Applied to Industry (CeMEAI), a Research, Innovation and Dissemination Center (CEPID) of the São Paulo Research Foundation. Paulo (Fapesp) based at the Institute of Mathematical and Computer Sciences of the University of São Paulo (ICMC-USP), precisely reinforcing the importance of wearing masks in schools.
Brazil had already registered cases of the XE subvariant, which was also being monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO). In an epidemiological bulletin, the WHO stated that SARS-CoV-2 continues to evolve and that due to the current enormous level of transmissibility worldwide, it is likely that other strains, including recombinants, will continue to emerge. According to the international body, recombination is normal among coronaviruses and mutations are expected.
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