Dec 07, 2021

Omicron - the new SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern

On 26 November 2021, WHO declared variant B.1.1.529, detected in South Africa, as a SARS-CoV-2 variant of concern (VOC) due to multiple mutations that may have an impact on the behavior of the virus.

It is not yet clear whether the Omicron variant is more transmissible or leads to more severe COVID-19 disease than the previously known variants. Studies on this are underway. Initial analyses from South Africa show that COVID-19-associated hospitalization rates have increased in South Africa, but this could also be due to the general increase in COVID-19 infection rates. Similarly, initial data indicate that the risk of corona infection with the omicron variant may be higher in vaccinated and recovered individuals than with the previously known VOCs, but this too is still being clarified.

Have you recently travelled to South Africa or had contact with someone who contracted COVID-19 during a trip to South Africa or who has been found to be infected with the Omicron variant? With SYNLAB you can be tested for the Omicron variant.

By means of a PCR examination and - in case of a result suspicious for Omicron - specific virus sequencing from one of the usual sampling methods (nasopharyngeal swab, mouthwash, saliva, lolli-PCR) we can prove whether you are infected with the Omicron variant.