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Covid-19 Study: Omicron form of corona virus can be spread from animals to humans, claims study

Washington: According to a study report, it is possible that the Omicron form of the SARS-CoV-2 (Corona) virus can be spread from animals to humans. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, offers a new perspective on the origin of Omicron. The most important step in corona virus infection is when the spike protein of the virus binds to the receptor of the host (person or animal). Researchers have done a detailed analysis of the structure of the oomicron form of SARS-CoV-2.

They found that the oomicron spike protein contained many mutations that matched only to the receptor in mice and would not affect the receptor in humans. And it will spread to humans after mutating in animals. The study’s lead author, Fang Li of the University of Minnesota in the US, said: “Mutations of the oomicron have left very important signals during the transition from one species of animal to another.”

Researchers say that the corona virus is capable of infecting different animal species and this is the reason why its many forms are coming to the fore. He said, the facts revealed in the study also show that it will be necessary to keep an eye on rats to prevent the spread of new forms of corona virus in future. “The spread of coronavirus infection from animals to humans will continue to be a threat to global health,” Li said.



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