Scientists do not yet know whether Omicron is more infectious than other Covid-19 variants. Photo: Reuters
Scientists do not yet know whether Omicron is more infectious than other Covid-19 variants. Photo: Reuters

Omicron Covid-19 variant likely picked up a piece of common cold virus, US study finds

  • Researchers found the new strain got one of its mutations by picking up a snippet of genetic material from another virus – possibly one that causes the common cold
  • 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 Covid-19 variants. Photo: Reuters
Scientists do not yet know whether Omicron is more infectious than other Covid-19 variants. Photo: Reuters
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