Omicron Variant May Have Picked Up A Piece Of The ‘Common Cold’ Virus

Written by K. Walker on December 6, 2021

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We’re learning a little more about the Omicron Variant of the coronavirus, and what we now know might be some very good news.

A new study on the new Omicron Variant may mean that we could be nearing the end of this ongoing hell that began when China lied to the world using the World Health Organization as a mouthpiece, which allowed the SARS-CoV-2 virus to spread globally while the CCP were desperately trying to stamp it out in their own country.

The pre-print study released on Thursday shows that the new variant may have picked up a piece of the virus that causes the common cold as one of the many mutations in the Omicron Variant.

Researchers in the study said that it’s possible that the mutation occurred when an individual was infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the common cold at the same time.

The Omicron variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 likely acquired at least one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus – possibly one that causes the common cold – present in the same infected cells, according to researchers.

This genetic sequence does not appear in any earlier versions of the coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, but is ubiquitous in many other viruses including those that cause the common cold, and also in the human genome, researchers said.

By inserting this particular snippet into itself, Omicron might be making itself look “more human,” which would help it evade attack by the human immune system, said Venky Soundararajan of Cambridge, Massachusetts-based data analytics firm nference, who led the study posted on Thursday on the website OSF Preprints.

This could mean the virus transmits more easily, while only causing mild or asymptomatic disease. Scientists do not yet know whether Omicron is more infectious than other variants, whether it causes more severe disease or whether it will overtake Delta as the most prevalent variant. It may take several weeks to get answers to these questions.
Source: Reuters

If the China Virus has mutated to become more transmissible but less severe, that’s fantastic news because it means we could reach herd immunity and finally be able to treat this virus as we do the seasonal flu.

Another study released last week shows that exposure to a pre-pandemic common cold virus — which is also a coronavirus — may reduce the severity of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Scientists at the University of Zurich (UZH) in Switzerland recently performed an analysis demonstrating a higher level of immunity against COVID-19 in people who had been exposed to coronaviruses circulating before the pandemic.

Prof. Alexandra Trkola, lead researcher and head of the Institute of Medical Virology at UZH, and her colleagues reported their findings in Nature CommunicationsTrusted Source.

The study monitored antibody response to SARS-CoV-2 to uncover correlations with vaccine protection, disease severity, and susceptibility to infection.

The researchers also compared immune responses against SARS-CoV-2 with those against pre-pandemic coronaviruses, known as HCoVs. The four typesTrusted Source of HCoVs that cause the common cold collectively account for around 10–15% of adult infections and 2–6% of all hospital admissions for lower respiratory tract infections.

“Our study shows that a strong antibody response to human coronaviruses increases the level of antibodies against SARS-CoV-2. So someone who has gained immunity to harmless coronaviruses is therefore also better protected against severe SARS-CoV-2 infections,” says Prof. Trkola.
Source: Medical News Today

Despite what the Corporate Media and the Public Health Overlords have been peddling for the past 20 months, this virus isn’t going to go away, even with the magic of mass vaccination.

The China Virus has been detected in several animals that include household pets like dogs, cats, and rabbits, as well as non-domesticated animals such as big cats, otters, mink, non-human primates, skunk, and white-tailed deer. While transmission from animal to human is low, it means that the virus still has animal reservoirs and could potentially mutate to infect people in the future.

We have to learn to find a way to live with this virus, and if it’s become highly transmissible but mild, that might actually be a very good thing because it would bring us closer to herd immunity now that we know that the vaccines only provide protection for a fairly short period of time.

It’s still pretty early in the game, but if the Omicron Variant doesn’t produce severe illness in individuals in the high-risk categories, then we might be able to put this pandemic hell behind us as people acquire the robust natural immunity from infection.

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ClashDaily's Associate Editor since August 2016. Self-described political junkie, anti-Third Wave Feminist, and a nightmare to the 'intersectional' crowd. Mrs. Walker has taken a stand against 'white privilege' education in public schools. She's also an amateur Playwright, former Drama teacher, and staunch defender of the Oxford comma. Follow her humble musings on Twitter: @TheMrsKnowItAll and on Gettr @KarenWalker