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Omicron variant a wake-up call for industrialized nations

By Dr. Joseph Giambrone Auburn University

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AUBURN, Ala. — A new variant of SARS-CoV-2 was first isolated and characterized from South Africa back in November. This “variant of concern” is designated Omicron by the World Health Organization for the 15th letter of the Greek alphabet.

The virus has a “constellation” of mutations more than 50 total, of which 32 are in the all-important spike protein, which may cause the virus to be more transmissible, produce more severe disease and. . .

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