According to a March 24, 2022 article on Yahoo News, studies are showing that the Omicron COVID variant is lasting longer on surfaces and on the skin than its predecessors (1).
This is bad news for those of us with underlying health conditions as well as the population in general.
Early in the pandemic, it was questioned as to whether the SARS-CoV-2 could be spread through contact with surfaces containing the virus. This has been a continuous line of study.
According to the article, "In two recent studies, teams of researchers found that the omicron variant lasted longer on surfaces and on human skin compared to other variants. The studies test omicron and previous variants on surfaces people would find in their daily lives, and one of the studies tests it on human skin samples... "In the first study (2), researchers obtained human skin samples from autopsy specimens for the experiment. They also used plastic as another test surface. Virus survival time was calculated as time when they were no longer able to detect virus in the samples placed on the surfaces. The original SARS-CoV-2 strain found in Wuhan lasted 56 hours on the plastic surface. Later variants alpha, beta, gamma and delta lasted for about 191, 157, 59 and 114 hours, respectively. The omicron variant lasted 193.5 hours.
"On human skin, the original coronavirus lasted 8.6 hours. The later variants ranged from 11 to 19.6 hours, and omicron lasted for 21.1 hours on human skin."
These statistics are a little scary but fortunately, we have several powerful tools that can help make things easier and safer for us.
In the second study (3), researchers made comparisons between the original strain and the Omicron variant. They used various surfaces for the study.
"After four days, [the original] virus was found only on the glass surface. For the omicron variant, the researchers could recover virus from the surfaces seven days later."
The Omicron variant was also detectable on porous surfaces for a longer amount of time.
A new subvariant . . .
According to an article from The Hill publication (4), "A subvariant of Omicron known as BA.2 is now the dominant strain in the United States, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The variant is rising in numbers because it is more transmissible than the original Omicron strain. It is estimated that it is about 30% more transmissible.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of March 26, the BA.2 strain represents 54.9% of the new cases for that week.
There is "no evidence that BA.2 causes more severe disease than the original omicron strain or that it evades the protection from vaccines to a greater degree."
“CDC says the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron is now dominant in the US,” tweeted Leana Wen, a public health professor at George Washington University. “Reminder that while this appears to be even more contagious than the original Omicron, it is not more virulent than previous strains, and existing vaccines still protect well against severe disease.”
The CDC is keeping a close eye on the situation especially in New York and in New England areas where the "BA.2 variant has been reaching levels above 50%," according to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
“This small increase in cases in the Northeast is something that we are closely watching as we look for any indication of an increase in severe disease from COVID-19 and track whether it represents any strain on our hospitals. We have not yet seen this so far," added Walensky.
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