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Virologist: omicron-strain causes pneumonia faster than others

Virologist: omicron-strain causes pneumonia faster than others
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Virologist, head of the Yekaterinburg Research Institute of Viral Infections at the Vector Center, Alexander Semyonov, said that the omicron strain of coronavirus causes pneumonia two to three times faster than other types of infection. The new strain is capable of interacting with the epithelium of the lungs - the lower respiratory tract.

As reported "News", the omicron strain due to this descends faster into the lungs, causing pneumonia. According to Alexander Semenov, when infected with the previous variants of the coronavirus in humans, it took up to 10-11 days from the moment of infection to pneumonia, and now this period has been reduced to 3-5 days.

Earlier it was reported that the World Health Organization has warned that a new strain of coronavirus Omicron threatens already ill with COVID-19. A new mutation of the virus was found yesterday in South Africa and Botswana.

The validity period of the PCR test for coronavirus in Russia was reduced by a day - to 48 hours. Previously, the result of this analysis was valid for 72 hours. The corresponding decree the chief sanitary doctor of the Russian Federation is published on the official Internet portal of legal information. Earlier, the head of Rospotrebnadzor Anna Popova said that they plan to shorten the duration of the PCR test due to the omicron strain of the coronavirus. According to her, this option is highly infectious.

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