Omicron coronavirus live updates March 2: People infected with Covid-19 may have different variants hidden in multiple body parts, studies suggest
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People who are Covid-19 positive may have multiple variants of the virus hidden from the immune system in different parts of the body, according to the results of two studies, PTI reported. According to PTI, the studies demonstrate how the virus can evolve distinctly in different cell types, and adapt its immunity, in the same infected host. The studies are published in the journal Nature Communications.
Internationally, US President Joe Biden has launched a new initiative that will allow Americans to get tested for coronavirus at a pharmacy and if they test positive they can immediately receive free antiviral pills. Biden made the announcement during his State of the Union address. The president also urged his compatriots to be prepared for new variants of Covid in the future. “We have to prepare for new variants. Over the past year, we’ve gotten a lot better at detecting new variants. If needed, we can roll out new vaccines within 100 days instead of several more months or years,” Biden said, PTI reported.
India, on the other hand, is slowly breaking free from restrictions and opening its cities, schools, gymnasiums, parks and cinemas. After a hiatus of several months, life seems to have returned to normal, with many offices also resuming mandatory in-person attendance before Covid. But is it too soon? After the IIT-Kanpur study, a BHU expert said authorities should wait until May before deciding whether to lift all coronavirus restrictions. Professor Anil Kumar Gulati, former head of the Department of Microbiology at the Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, said the virus is and will remain in circulation. Hence the chances of mutation are there. While he doesn’t expect any reruns of the Delta variant, Professor Gulati believes officials should wait before taking drastic action.
Meanwhile, India has recorded 7,554 new Covid-19 cases, 223 deaths and 14,123 recoveries, according to official data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday morning. The country’s active caseload stands at 85,680.
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