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Dec 17, 2021 08:06 PM
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Omicron Multiplies 70 Times Faster Than Delta, Study Shows

The omicron coronavirus variant multiplies far faster than delta and the original Covid-19 strain, though it may cause less severe illness, a new study suggests. Photo: VCG
The omicron coronavirus variant multiplies far faster than delta and the original Covid-19 strain, though it may cause less severe illness, a new study suggests. Photo: VCG

Preliminary findings from University of Hong Kong research on the omicron coronavirus variant show that although it grows up to 70 times faster than delta and the original strain of Covid-19 in the bronchial tract, it replicates at least 10 times slower in lung tissue, suggesting less severity of disease.

The study adds detail to previous research from the university showing that two doses of China’s Sinovac vaccine are inadequate to counter the highly transmissible variant.

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