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Omikron variant B.1.1.529

The Omikron variant B.1.1.529 was first reported in South Africa. This variant has now appeared in various places in the world and more and more countries are closing their borders to travelers without a reliable PCR result.

Omikron variant is most common in the world

The corona variant Omikron (B.1.1.529) was first reported in South Africa at the end of November 2021. The omikron variant is increasing in share worldwide. In the Netherlands it is the dominant variant. This means that most people with a positive test result have the omikron variant of the coronavirus. The small changes (mutations) in this variant are also mainly in the spines of the coronavirus: the spike protein. Strikingly, this variant has an unusually large number of mutations in this protein. A number of mutations are located in places that change the properties of the virus.

Never before has a new variant of the coronavirus spread so quickly as the omikron variant. The effectiveness of the vaccines against infection is much lower with the omikron variant without booster vaccination than with the earlier variants. People can get the omikron variant of the virus while they have had the coronavirus before or have already been vaccinated. Protection against infection and serious illness after an infection with the omikron variant increases sharply after a booster shot. However, the protection against contamination with the omikron variant decreases more quickly after a booster shot than the protection against the delta variant.

What are the BA subvariants of the omikron variant?

The omikron variant has three sub variants that are followed with extra attention: the so-called BA.1, BA.2 and BA.3 variants. The three subvariants differ from each other when it comes to the number and type of changes (mutations), including in the spike protein. BA.1 was the dominant omikron variant in the Netherlands. Since week 7 of 2022, this has been BA.2. This means that the majority of coronavirus infections are caused by BA.2. This variant was first detected in Dutch germ surveillance in week 51 of 2021. The first preliminary studies do not show an increased risk of hospitalization with BA.2 compared to BA.1.

BA.3 is occasionally found worldwide. Not yet in Dutch germ surveillance. The three variants are carefully monitored and mapped because of their (possibly) risky characteristics and extent of distribution. It is clear for the time being that the Omikron variants can be detected with the Abbott ID now rapid Rt-Pcr technique we use and that this technique enables us to carry out that investigation within 20 minutes. If there is a contamination, we leave this sample to the local health authorities for assessment. If there is no contamination, you and your fellow passengers will receive a certified result, signed by our doctor and the responsible microbiologist (ISO certified) and you can take the plane with peace of mind.

It is clear for the time being that the Omikron variants can be detected with the Abbott ID now rapid Rt-Pcr technique we use and that this technique enables us to carry out that investigation within 20 minutes.

If there is a contamination, we leave this sample to the local health authorities for assessment.

If there is no contamination, you and your fellow passengers will receive a certified result, signed by our doctor and the responsible microbiologist (ISO certified) and you can take the plane with peace of mind.

That is a very safe thing to do!

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